The Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was the largest oil spill in U.S. waters to date. RPS was part of the initial field response to monitor the oil spill, developed a new model to simulate the behavior of oil at deep release depths, and quantified injury to marine biota from the spilled oil for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Deepwater Horizon was a large spill from deep water that released oil for many months. The numerical models developed by RPS had to be modified to simulate the complicated oil trajectory from deep water and behavior of the oil over many months, including the application of subsea dispersant.
RPS supported NOAA and federal agencies by: