Bubbles Galore: Imaging and Sampling at Seep Sites
For our GISR leg, we are studying how natural petroleum bubble plumes rise out of the sea floor and distribute in the ocean. To do this, we are using several pieces of equipment featured in this video, including special stereoscopic cameras and a gas-tight sampler. The clip also features some previously unseen footage of bubble plumes captured by those stereoscopic cameras.
This cruise is part of the Gulf Integrated Spill Response (GISR) Consortium, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The vision of the GISR Consortium is to understand and predict the fundamental behavior of petroleum fluids in the ocean environment. This capability is critical to inform decisions during response to oil spills and for development of mitigation plans, ultimately yielding significant environmental and financial savings.