Louisiana-Texas Shelf Physical Oceanography Program

Project Description
The Louisana-Texas Shelf Physical Oceanography Program (LATEX) is a
six-year oceanographic research initiative that has as its principal
objective the identification of key dynamical processes governing the
circulation, transport, and cross-shelf mixing of the waters on the
Texas-Louisiana shelf. Sponsored by the Minerals Management Service
(MMS) of the Department of the Interior, LATEX is the largest shelf
physical oceanography research project yet undertaken. MMS manages
federal mineral resources on the continental shelf. To meet their
environmental and managerial responsibilities, the Service needs to
understand physical processes and circulation on the shelf and how
they may affect the stability of structures and the transport of
pollutants. In addition, shelf circulation data will be used in MMS's
oil spill risk analysis models.

Program Contact:

LATEX A Program Office
Department of Oceanography
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3146
tel: 409/845-9276
fax: 409/847-8879
e-mail: wnowlin@tamu.edu

For more information, link to
http://www-ocean.tamu.edu/LATEX/

[Summary provided by Texas A & M University]