OIL SPILL CLEANUP: 'WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY'
To provide a worldwide scientific and engineering technical basis for oil spill contingency planning and decision-making for response, a newly developed concept of "technology windows" is developed in this paper. The concept utilizes technology performance effectiveness data derived from scientific and engineering laboratory, mesoscale, and experimental studies. In this approach, performance effectiveness data have been correlated to a wide range of viscosities of different weathering states of tanker- transported oils into a dynamic oil weathering database to identify and estimate time periods, called technology windows-of-opportunity. In these windows, specific response methods, technologies, equipment, or products are more effective during clean-up operations for specific oils as influenced by different degrees of weathering under a range of environmental conditions. Combining spill trajectories with natural resource maps of sensitive environmental areas and significant improvement in planning and response.
- Sea Technology, v 36 n 10, Oct 1995, p 10 [6 p, 1 tab, 3 fig]
- Nordvik, A B
- Simmons, J L
- Champ, M A
- Publication Date: 1995
- TRT Terms: Oil spill cleanup; Oil spills
- Uncontrolled Terms: Data
- Subject Areas: Environment; Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00718468
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM