The primary objective is to develop a detailed numerical model that predicts the potential for a dispersed oil plume to resurface and re-form a new slick under the ice. Ideally, dispersed oil plumes will remain in the water column indefinitely while biodegradation proceeds.
The project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will determine what data already exist to support model development. The second phase will focus on gathering the additional data required to run and validate the model and then model different surface and subsurface dispersant use scenarios.