New Insights On Hurricane Intensity, Pollution Transport
(Click to enlarge) The figure depicts the upper ocean warming (in red color) observed over the warm rings during the intensification of Isaac. (Credit: Benjamin Jaimes/University of Miami)
As tropical storm Isaac was gaining momentum toward the Mississippi River in August 2012, University of Miami (UM) researchers were dropping instruments from the sky above to study the ocean conditions beneath the storm.
(From ScienceDaily) — The newly published study showed how a downwelling of warm waters deepened the storm’s fuel tank for a rapid intensification toward hurricane status. The results also revealed how hurricane-generated currents and ocean eddies can transport oil and other pollutants to coastal regions.
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