CWS Weather Equipment Participates in Gulf Oil Spill Monitoring Efforts

Weather conditions play a crucial role in the efforts to mitigate the damage caused by the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill. While crews work to contain the spill, scientists aboard the R/V Pelican research vessel are taking samples from the sea floor to analyze for changes in chemicals and marine organisms. (

The Magellan Weather Station by Columbia Weather Systems provides weather data aboard the R/V Pelican. With its internal compass and rugged metal construction, the Magellan is well-suited to mobile weather monitoring in harsh environments.

The R/V Pelican is operated by LUMCON, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Formed in 1979, LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana universities, and conducts research and educational programs in the marine sciences.

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