Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences has published a paper which establishes that the shape of underwater plumes, released by Deepwater Horizon spill, resembles underwater clouds, not rivers, as it was previously thought. This finding reconciles seemingly incongruent measurements of bacterial activity, seen by other researchers.
Our group has contributed in the analysis of hydromechanics of the Gulf, where study of mesohyperbolic structures of fluid flows from measured data played the central role. Coupling these results with Dave Valentine's insights about bacterial activity explained the motion of hydrocarbones after the oil spill. Paper is, among others, coauthored by Igor Mezic, postdoctoral researcher Sophie Loire, and Stefan Ivic, graduate student at University of Rijeka, who visited the group during summer 2011.