For many weeks, the U.S news has been dominated by the story of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill is the largest in U.S. history. Rutgers scientists are doing their part to monitor the flow of oil and its environmental effects. RutgersToday reports:

At the request of the Integrated Ocean Observing System, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Rutgers Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory (RUCOOL) is acting as a clearinghouse for data collected by all the gliders being deployed in the Gulf. John Kerfoot, the lab’s software director, has arranged for researchers at all the participating institutions to be able to see each other’s data simultaneously. Kerfoot is packaging the data for NOAA’s National Buoy Data Center, which in turn will send it to the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Telecommunications System. That means that forecasters and modelers will be able to build that data into their models as soon as it’s generated. [Link]

Rutgers’ Coastal Observation Laboratory on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus has been part of history before—and recently. This past December, Rutgers oceanographers and student researchers were part of the team that successfully guided the first submersible robot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from New Jersey to Spain. Watch the trailer for a one-hour documentary of that project.

For more images of the research being done by RU-COOL students, see the RU COOL Flickr photo stream.