Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): A new predictive model based on engineering design tools has been developed by engineers at Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University to predict the environmental fate and impact of the oil and chemical dispersant.
The Deepwater Horizon spill was the first time chemical dispersants were directly added to the oil pouring out of the wellhead, because of which what will happen to all of this oil, where it will go, and what effects it will have on the environment are not well understood.
The tool will be useful for risk assessment and decision-making as scientists manage this and future spills.
"This important article by well-respected researchers looks at one of the Nation's worst environmental disasters. Based on their many years of experience, they provide valuable retrospective insights as well as suggestions for the future developmental needs to ensure that the Deepwater Horizon Spill remains an unfortunate and isolated event," according to Domenico Grasso, PhD, Editor-in-Chief and Vice President for Research, Dean of the Graduate College, University of Vermont (Burlington).
The article is published in Environmental Engineering Science. (ANI)