Gulf Oil Spill & Georgia Update 6-11-10

Dr. Dana Savidge provides the following update on the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and the Deep Horizon Oil Spill. At present a Loop Current Ring has separated from the northernmost portion of the Loop Current, and stands between the Deep Horizon well and the Loop Current itself, so that most of the spilled oil… Read more »


World Ocean Day

This came somewhat of a surprise to us, but it turns out today is “World Ocean Day.” This article shows some good examples why studying the ocean is so important.


Oil Spill & Georgia – Update June 7

Dr. Dana Savidge provided some insight into the computer models  (See here.) that project oil from the Gulf spill reaching the Atlantic coast. The large scale UCAR models get processes 90% right, but, of course, the devil is in the details, and the details (with respect to concentration, form, and approach of oil to the… Read more »


Oil Spill Update — from Baton Rouge

Skidaway Institute’s Jay Brandes is attending a conference of scientists discussing the Gulf spill in Baton Rouge, La.  Here is his first report on the meetings. This morning we had a summary by members of USGS, NOAA and NSF about what is going on in the gulf. In a word, there is a lot going… Read more »


Is the oil coming to Georgia? (Update 5-24)

Updated 2:25 pm EDT May 24 We have been getting questions over the past few days about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Is it going to make it into the Gulf Stream, and if so, will it end up affecting the Georgia coast?” Here the current analysis from Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.… Read more »


Watch out for the polar bears!

Skidaway Institute research tech Victoria Baylor and grad student Zac Tait just returned to warm, sunny Skidaway Island from their first sample trip to Barrow, Alaska. Here is their account of their interesting trip. Our trip was part of our Professor, Dr. Marc Frischer’s, three-year project to study the effects of climate change (ie: global… Read more »


1991 tritium release prompts current salt marsh research

A release of radioactive cooling water from the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. provided the spark for a current research project at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The object of the study is to test a mathematical model that can be used to predict the way particular salt marshes may interact with future spills of… Read more »


Memorial fund for Skidaway Institute professor grows

An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations to the Peter G. Verity Memorial Fund for Ocean and Environmental Research up to a total of $10,000. The fund was created in January of this year by friends and colleagues of the late Peter Verity, a professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, who was… Read more »


Skidaway Institute expands coastal radar system

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is expanding its coastal radar system with the addition of a new send-receive station on Jekyll Island. The radar system, called WERA, is used to study surface ocean currents on Georgia’s continental shelf and out as far as the Gulf Stream. The Jekyll Island unit is the third station in… Read more »