The primary CONCORDE emphasis is on near-shore waters in the northern Gulf of Mexico and how rivers influence the transport, fate and toxicity of oil as it interacts with coastal waters and biology. Deepwater Horizon revealed many surprises including formation of deep plumes and impacts to wetlands. One of the major missing linkages is how oil interacted with the nearshore environment around the large river inputs of the north central Gulf. CONCORDE will expressly address how complex fine-scale structure and processes in coastal waters dominated by pulsed-river plumes control the exposure, impacts, and ecosystem recovery from offshore spills like the Deepwater Horizon release of 2010. CONCORDE also includes an Education and Outreach component.
Two field campaigns are planned during the project utilizing R/V Pelican, the Point Sur, and smaller "day" boats. A 2015 field campaign will occur Oct. 24- Nov. 7 for the Point Sur, and Nov. 1-7 for the Pelican, during the low river period. A followup 2016 mission will occur during the high-flow river conditions for Mar. 28-April 10 (Pelican), and March 29-April 12 (Point Sur).
The seminar will summarize Year 1 CONCORDE activities and preliminary results from the first campaign. We will also discuss the dexterity of a 1-km version of the Navy Coastal Ocean Model (NCOM) at portraying high-resolution features near coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. NCOM's ability to capture river plumes, hypoxia events, and other features will be compared against campaign observations, as well as an ocean color product that uses a sharpened visible water-leaving radiance spectrum for the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).