Arctic Tracer Release Experiment (ARCTREX): Applications for Mapping Spilled Oil in Arctic Waters

Project Description

The goal of this project is to simulate a small oil spill in the Chukchi Sea in order to test the ability of currently available observational technologies and web-based GIS tools to provide real time data and maps to response agencies. We will perform a series of dye release experiments during the ice-free seasons of 2014 and 2015, and sample the resulting plumes with satellite-tracked surface drifters, AUV gliders, an Acrobat towed vehicle, extended-range high frequency radar, and a VMP-250 vertical microstructure profiler. Data will then be ingested into NOAA's Environmental Response Management Application ERMA (Arctic ERMA) for inclusion in their web-based mapping tool.Funding is by The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)


Project Funding

multiple funding sources
Start Date: 2013-05-00 End Date: 2016-04-00



Peter Winsor

Peter Winsor

Principal Investigator


  • Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Physical Oceanography

Harper Simmons

Harper Simmons

Co-Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigators

Robert Chant, Rutgers University

Amy Merten, NOAA


Research Staff