How Does Oil Move From Deep Water to the Beach? (Video)

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Technology

Over 37,000 Middle Schoolers Select Film Contest Winners
1st Place (Category 1): Drones at the Beach

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is an annual contest that encourages scientists to create and share three-minute (180-second) videos about their published ocean research. The contest is designed to inspire scientists to share the significance and relevance of their research with a bigger audience, focusing on what the research means for the non-scientific community.

Ten finalists were selected by the Wave 1 Judging team, a panel of science and communication experts. Four winners were then selected by the Student Judging Team, which was comprised of 37,795 middle school students from 1,600 classrooms in 21 countries. Each of the four winners will be awarded a portion of a $9,000 prize package to “honor their work in communicating science to the public.” The videos were judged based on creativity, message, and educational value.

Screenshot from Drones on the Beach (Ocean 180 Video Challenge).

Screenshot from Drones at the Beach (Ocean 180 Video Challenge).

The first place winner in category 1 (reserved for entires created by amature teams), Drones at the Beach, is a film that explores how oil and other toxins move from deep water to the beach.

In a study published in a 2014 issue of the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (Surf zone monitoring using rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), researchers used brightly colored (and environmentally-safe) dye and two drones, to map how ocean currents transport material from offshore into the surfzone. The study is part of the Surfzone Oil Pathways Experiment (SCOPE), which is part of an initiative to study the movement of contaminants in the ocean that was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Watch the video to learn more.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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