Planar laser-induced fluorescence image of a multiphase (air-bubble) plume. Captured by graduate student D.-G. Seol.

On-Going Research Projects:

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. PI: S. Murawski, Chief Scientist: D. Hollander, Co-PIs: S. A. Socolofsky with 16 other Co-PIs.
2014-2016

Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE II), led by the University of South Florida. Socolofsky's part applies the Texas A&M Oilspill Calculator (TAMOC) to study the range of potential subsea blowout types and their impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Socolofsky provides predictions of chemical exposure used by biologists in the project to assess risk and effects.

Department of Homeland Security. PI: D. Causey, Co-PIs: S. A. Socolofsky is Co-PI with Thomas Ravens (UA Anchorage) on one of 13 projects with the DHS Center of Excellence.
2016-2017

"Arctic Oil Spill Modeling," one project with the DHS Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) Center of Excellence. Develops new algorithms for predicting oil interaction with ice and will couple those algorithms both to the Texas A&M Oilspill Calculator (TAMOC) and the General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment (GNOME).

DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory. PI: S. A. Socolofsky
2016-2019

"Dynamic Behavior of Natural Seep Vents: Analysis of Field and Laboratory Observations and Modeling." Analyzes laboratory data from the High Pressure Water Tunnel by DOE/NETL and field data collected in the Gulf of Mexico by the Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) Consortium to understand the role of hydrate armoring on mass transfer from natural gas bubbles in the deep ocean to predict the vertical transport of gas from natural seeps. See the fourth project listed on the DOE/NETL Press Release.

Texas General Land Office. PI: Ben Hodges (UT), Co-PIs: S. A. Socolofsky and Kristen Thyng
2015-2017

"Advanced oil transport modeling across the bay/coastal continuum." Develops Fine Resolution Environmental Hydro Dynamics (FREHD) simulations of laboratory experiment conducted by Co-PI Socolofsky for mixing through idealize tidal inlets. Integrates bay and open-coast models using particle tracking and sub-grid-scale modeling for mixing at the inlet mouth.

Past Funded Research Projects

DOI/BSEE through NOAA R&R PI: C. Barker (NOAA), Co-PIs: W. Lehr
(NOAA), A. Khelifa (ESTC), S. A. Socolofsky.
2014-2015

"Answering the Challenge of Arctic Conditions on Oil Spill Incidents: A Proposal to Assist the Federal On-Scene Command." Expands Socolofsky's numerical model for subsea blowouts to include ice interaction at the free surface. Socolofsky's blowout model will also be embedded in the next generation General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment (GNOME).

Chevron U.S.A. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2013-2014

"Numerical simulation of accidental subsea oil-well blowouts." Performs simulations using Socolofsky's numerical model for subsea blowouts to establish expected conditions at the response zone for a range of conditions relevant to Chevron oil and gas well. The model results are summarized to create a screening tool used for hazard preparation and emergency response.

Deltares. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2012-2013

Bubble plume destratification in a tidal flow." Conducts laboratory experiments on bubble plumes under the combined influence of stratification and crossflow to asses their efficiency for destratification of the Rotterdam Waterway, the Netherlands.

Shell International. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2011-2012

"Physical and numerical modeling of subsea spills and containment structures.'' Applies integral plume numerical models with full chemistry and thermodynamics of released oil and natural gas to assess performance of subsea oil spill containment structures with particular emphasis on gas hydrate formation and flow assurance.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. PI: Piers Chapman. Chief
Scientist: S. A. Socolofsky with 21 Co-PIs
2011-2014

"Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) Consortium." Develops and validates an integrated, multi-scale suite of numerical models, linked by data assimilation to an adaptive observing system designed for rapid deployment during a spill, and tested through a multi-scale suite of field and laboratory experiments that target critical deficiencies in our understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological behavior of petroleum fluids as they transit the Gulf from an oil spill to the beach, marsh, estuary, or atmosphere. Socolofsky's part was to conduct new laboratory experiments on nearfield dynamics of accidental oil-well blowouts and to lead field investigations on natural seep dynamics in the deep Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. PI: J. Dixon. Chief Scientist:
D. Hollander, Co-PIs: S. A. Socolofsky with 21 other Co-PIs
2011-2014

"Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE)." Develops and integrates empirically validated models of oil plume fate and ecotoxicology to more accurately predict contaminant distribution, composition and ecosystem impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and any future oil-well blowouts. Socolofsky's part was to develop new models for the nearfield dynamics of subsea accidental oil-well blowouts and to couple that model with the Connectivity Modeling System (CMS). The new nearfield model, the Texas A&M Oilspill Calculator (TAMOC) is now available online.

NOAA Texas Sea Grant College Program. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PIs:
K.-A. Chang & S. Holt
2012-2014

"Fish larvae recruitment to Texas Bays through Aransas Pass." Field measurements of flow and transport to assess the role of wind and secondary currents in bay-side channels to promote recruitment of red drum fish larvae through Aransas Pass, Texas.

Chevron-MITEI University Partnership Program. PI: E. Eric Adams (MIT)
Co-PIs: S. A. Socolofsky & S. Masutani (U. Hawaii).
2011-2013

"Applying chemical dispersants to sub-surface oil spills." Laboratory and analytical modeling of the mixing efficiency and chemical processes relevant for sub-sea application of dispersants to oil spills.

Shell International. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2010-2011

"Laboratory feasibility study of containment and monitoring strategy for subsea accidental oil well blowouts." Conducts proprietary experiments on novel, self-monitoring leak capture device.

National Science Foundation. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PI: J. C.
Little
2010-2013

"Collaborative Research: Managing oxygen demand in lakes and reservoirs---a competition between natural and artificial forcing." Combines laboratory, field and numerical modeling to assess the role turbulence caused by natural seiches and artificial aeration (bubble plumes) plays in oxygen transport at the sediment water interface in lakes and reservoirs.

National Science Foundation. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PIs: T.
Stoesser, S. DiMarco, & E. E. Adams
2010-2011.

"RAPID:Collaborative Research: Multiscale plume modeling of the Deepwater Horizon oil-well blowout for environmental impact assessment and mitigation." Performs laboratory and numerical modeling to develop a highly resolved model of the subsurface oil and dissolved natural gas plume resulting from the accidental oil-well blowout of the Deepwater Horizon and applies the results to interpret measurements of changes in the vertical migration pattern of fish and plankton in response to the spill.

NOAA Sea Grant. PI: J. Irish. Co-PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2010-2012

"Wave hydrodynamics in segmented wetlands with application to hurricane damage reduction and wetlands management and preservation." Performs experiments and numerical simulations of constructed wetlands islands subject to waves using the three dimensional wave basin in the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Applies the results to develop appropriate coastal numerical modeling schemes.

NOAA Sea Grant. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PIs: K.-A. Chang,
J. L. Irish, P. Lynett.
2008-2010

"Field and numerical investigations of tidal vortices for exchange flow through inlets on the Texas coast." Takes field measurements using towed acoustic Doppler current profilers and measures injected dye concentration to document starting jet vortices and secondary vortices in tidal inlet exchange flows. Uses results to validate Boussinesq-type wave models.

NOAA Sea Grant. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PIs: K.-A. Chang, P. Lynett.
2006-2008

"Laboratory studies of mixing processes in estuaries and coastal flows on the Texas coast." Investigates the formation and development of large, two-dimensional coherent structures in laboratory simulated coastal flows and their prediction using two dimensional coastal numerical models.

National Science Foundation. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2004-2009

"CAREER: The role of turbulence, coherent structures, and intermittency for controlling transport in multiphase plumes in the environment." Applies particle image velocimetry and laser induced fluorescence to measure turbulent mixing properties in multiphase plumes and derives sub-grid scale turbulence closure schemes for large eddy simulation models.

Dewberry. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2009

"Testing program for concrete masonry unit (CMU) piers supporting manufactured homes in special flood hazard areas." Performs stability experiments in crossflow at the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Results used to support FEMA design guidelines.

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PI: K. Brumbelow.
2008-2009

"CCWRD PEPS Expansion Physical Model Study." Pump physical modeling study for a wet well expansion of a major wastewater treatment facility. The model will include 14 pump risers in two connected wet wells supplied by effluent at both ends of the trench.

PND Engineers, Inc. PI: B. E. Edge. Co-PIs: P. Lynett, S. A. Socolofsky.
2008

"Hydraulic model studies on the performance of armor protection for the Northstar Island for long term slope protection." Two- and three-dimensional physical modeling in the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory at Texas A\&M University for the Northstar Island slope protection.

National Science Foundation. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2007-2008

"IREE: CAREER: The role of turbulence, coherent structures, and intermittency for controlling transport in multiphase plumes in the environment." Supports two undergraduate students and one graduate student from Texas A&M University for three months in summer 2008 to participate in research projects at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. This is a supplemental agreement to Dr. Socolofsky's CAREER award.

National Science Foundation. PI: S. A. Socolofsky.
2006-2007

"IREE: Experimental studies of mixing and transport in the environment as a model for student foreign exchange programs." Supports two undergraduate students and one graduate student from Texas A&M University for three months in summer 2007 to participate in research projects at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. This is a supplemental agreement to Dr. Socolofsky's CAREER award.

NOAA Sea Grant. PI: S. A. Socolofsky. Co-PI: K.-A. Chang
2004-2006

"Laboratory studies of exchange processes through tidal inlets on the Texas Coast." Investigates the role of large, two-dimensional coherent structures for controlling mass exchange between estuaries and the open coast using laboratory simulations.