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Search and rescue at sea aided by hidden flow structures

Predicting the location of a person lost at sea several hours after the accident is critical for a successful search and rescue operation. TRAPs are structures within the oceanic flow that are hidden to naked-eye inspections of ocean currents and that attract and trap all floating objects, including people lost at sea. Thus, knowing where…

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Gulf Stream transport

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The Gulf Stream, one of, if not the world’s strongest ocean current, plays a major role in earth’s climate by transporting heat from the tropics to the mid latitudes. Changes in the strength of this current could therefore have profound impact. But how to quantify the intensity of the Gulf Stream?  Based on upper-ocean velocity…

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