Gulf Coast oceanographers have been forced to operate in dim conditions. Five years ago, before the money dried up, oceanographer Robert Weisberg had 14 buoys bobbing up and down off the West Florida coast. The buoys granted real-time insight into the unruly stew of the Gulf of Mexico's shifting flows. Those good times are over. Today, Weisberg has only four floats deployed, and earlier this year, he had to pull several buoys out of the water -- tools that would have been a boon in tracking the Gulf's unfolding oil disaster.