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5 Key Questions NOAA Scientists Ask During Oil Spills alyssa.dillon Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:15

During an emergency situation such as an oil spill or ship grounding, scientists in NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration are guided by five central questions as they develop scientifically based recommendations for the U.S. Coast Guard. These recommendations help the Coast Guard respond to the incident while minimizing environmental impacts resulting from the spill and response.

Incident Responses for January 2020

Posted Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:09

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. This month OR&R responded to eight incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and other pollution-related incidents. Here are some of January's notable incidents ...

Three Ways to Assess Marine Mammals During Oil Spills

Posted Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:01

Since thousands of oil spills of varying sizes occur in U.S. waters each year, oil spill scientists must be prepared to respond to and assess the impacts of oil on marine mammals. To do this, the NOAA has published: "Guidelines for Assessing Exposure and Impacts of Oil Spills on Marine Mammals," which is available for the public on the NOAA Central Library website. These guidelines provide a review of considerations for marine mammals under NOAA's jurisdiction, incorporating knowledge gained from previous oil spills.

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet NOAA Corps Officer Lt. Matthew Bissell

Posted Mon, 12/30/2019 - 17:43
By Donna L. Roberts, Office of Response and Restoration

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured scientist is Lt. Matthew Bissell, regional response officer for the Pacific Northwest, in OR&R’s Emergency Response Division.

Passing on the Torch: Preparedness and Response Role for the Panama Canal Changes Hands

Posted Fri, 12/13/2019 - 17:54

As a response operations supervisor for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, Ed Levine is part of an interdisciplinary scientific team that responds to oil and chemical spills in U.S. waters and helps the U.S. Coast Guard make timely operational decisions during a spill response. Though Ed oversees scientific support coordinators on the East Coast, his work has taken him around the world — from the Galapagos Islands and Uruguay to Portugal and China. But the one place that he keeps going back to is the Panama Canal. 

Incident Responses for November 2019

Posted Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:10

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.

This month OR&R responded to 12 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and other pollution-related incidents. Here are some of November's notable incidents ...

When Oil and Coral Mix: Seeking a Better Understanding of Toxicity

Posted Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:37

Corals are integral to ocean ecosystems and the country’s economy. They occupy about 1% of the ocean, yet host 25% of all marine species. These vital habitats are also sensitive to pollution such as oil, chemicals, and marine debris. But just how sensitive are corals to the toxic properties of oil? 

Using ESI Maps to Set Priorities in the Chaos of an Oil Spill

Posted Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:41
By Megan Ewald and Tom Brosnan, Office of Response and Restoration

This week, we’re taking a closer look at what sensitivity mapping is, how it’s used, and why it’s so important. A snapshot of the resources in a specific area, sensitivity mapping can be a valuable tool both in and out of the spill response community. Our latest blog takes you through the process of using sensitivity mapping to prioritize response activities during an oil spill.

Incident Responses for October 2019

Posted Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:56

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. This month OR&R responded to 23 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and other pollution-related incidents. Here are some of October's notable incidents ...

Exercising Oil Spill Preparedness on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Posted Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:36
By Frank Csulak, Office of Response and Restoration

The ocean side of Virginia’s Eastern Shore extends from Assateague Island at the Maryland border to Fisherman’s Island at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It is comprised of 23 dynamic islands, made up of sand, wetlands, and lagoons, and is one of the largest undeveloped stretches of shoreline along the East Coast. The Virginia Barrier Islands are remote, ecologically valuable, and highly sensitive to oil spills.