Alan Wolf

Chair of Physics

Oil Spill Simulation -- Scientific Programming

Cooper student Jasmine Ahuja wrote a Python program that simulates the evolution of an ocean oil spill that interacts with an island.  

The video clip below shows the output of her program, which includes such effects as evaporation of the oil, diffusion of the oil,  motion of oil clumps due to the ocean current, the merging of oil clumps, and the trapping of oil near the island (where the water is largely stagnant).