In addition, ocean researchers at CIRES and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using noise to monitor changes in the oceans.

CU Science Update’s Matthew Sewick meets with Oleg Godin, a researcher with NOAA who is collecting the latest data on ocean temperatures and currents using ocean acoustics. Measuring the noise in the oceans will help scientists more accurately forecast hurricanes and also predict where oil from spilled wells and tankers will end up.

Speaking of oil, 4.9 million gallons of it spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil rig disaster in 2010. Chemical dispersants were used to try and break up the oil slick. But no one knew for sure what effect these chemicals would have on the gulf’s ecosystem. CU Science Update’s David Starcer speaks with CU environmental engineer, Karl Linden, who has been studying whether the dispersants have been helpful or not.

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