RV Endeavor Heads to Gulf Oil Spill


As the effort to fight the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues, the University of Rhode Island research vessel RV Endeavor is participating in studying the scope of the spill. The purpose of the mission, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to track, characterize and sample subsurface oil in the Gulf. According to one of the WHOI principal investigators, researchers will mount a mass spectrometer to the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry, to “… sniff for oil and then map plumes, not only for discrete sampling, but also to get an understanding of the 3D shape of the plumes.” This will help researchers better understand the subsurface oil behavior and composition in the area.

Among the researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute making the trip is URI Graduate School of Oceanography alumnus Dr. Christopher Reddy (’92 chemistry, ’97 Ph.D chemical oceanography), recently interviewed by RI Public Radio, WRNI.

For more information, please read the full press release.

Learn more about the Endeavor cruise at NBC10 WJAR.