The natural weathering of oil spilled in coastal areas depends on the volume of oil and amount of mechanical energy generated from winds, waves, tides, water levels, and ice. The residence time or persistence of stranded oils increases as mechanical energy levels at the shoreline decrease. The primary inputs of mechanical energy at the shoreline are due to wave action, and energy levels vary depending on the wind regime, fetch areas, and local exposure of a section of coast. In cold or polar climates, energy levels at the shoreline are reduced by the presence of ice on the sea or an ice foot on the beach. With basic information on coastal processes and shoreline factors, it is possible to estimate the dispersal rates and residence times of oil spills in littoral zones.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Symposium on Recovery Potential of Oiled Marine Northern Environments, Halifax, N.S., Canada, October 10-14, 1977
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Fisheries and the Environment

    Fisheries and Marine Service, 116 Lisgar
    Ottawa, ONo K1A OH3,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Owens, E H
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

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  • Accession Number: 00193564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Data Courier, Incorporated
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM