What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs?
ES0703  Revised Areas of Impact

During an oil spill, wind speed and direction don't always remain constant. By using the overflight observations to add variable wind speed into the simulation, it is possible to more accurately predict the impact of the spill. This final simulation shows a prediction of the areas that might be damaged after the model is adjusted to account for the overflight observations.

  !   Click the image to see the animation. Use the forward and back buttons to stop the animation at 12:30.

Carla McAuliffe using GNOME software

10. What areas of the shoreline will be affected by the spill? (Refer back to Step 12 for help describing the areas that would be affected.)

11. Sketch the areas of impact onto the map on your student answer sheet.

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