WIND AND CURRENT EFFECTS ON LARGE-SCALE OIL SLICKS

The relative effect of local winds and near-surface currents in determining the movement of oil slicks in coastal and shelf waters was determined from 39 surveys by Raydist-equipped helicopters during the Main Pass 41C spill off the Mississippi Delta in March 1970. Orientation of oil slicks is closely controlled by local wind direction; slicks usually form 10 deg-40 deg to the right of the wind. An easily utilized regression model for slick area and orientation as a function of wind velocity and local conditions is also presented.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 523-533

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Pap OTC 2389 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM