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The Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) was established as a partnership between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2004.

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The Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards (CSE) is a University center that expands the scope of interaction and cooperation with the private sector, other government agencies and universities.


The Centers are administered by, and located at, the UNH campus in Durham, NH.  Both centers are affiliated with the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE). Center one-pager here>>



  • Morning Report: How Marine Detectives Work an Oil Spill
    Voice of San Diego, Tuesday, July 6, 2021
  • Where Did the Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill Go?
    JSTR Sicence and Technology, Monday, July 5, 2021
  • Nunavut PhD student wins award for research that blends Inuit knowledge and western science
    CBS News, Thursday, July 1, 2021
  • Coast Guard yet to acknowledge video of ‘giant’ oily slick off San Clemente Island
    San Diego UT, Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • OR&R Collaborates on Oil Spill Research
    NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, Tuesday, June 22, 2021


The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force’s Summary of West Coast Oil Spill Data, Calendar Year 2020 is now available. Since 2003, the Task Force has been tracking spills of 42 gallons and larger of crude and non-crude products, both marine and inland.

CEMM Researchers Use Remote Sensing Tools to Study Oil Spills and Fires

On April 23, ORD completed a research campaign with NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH. The team studied how remote sensing tools can detect and characterize surface oil from spills on water and ice, and how they can help measure emission factors from burning the oil. The team deployed CEMM’s Kolibri emission sampler on an unmanned aircraft system (UAS, i.e., a drone) contracted by NOAA to fly into the burning oil plume and make measurements. This effort was part of ORD’s oil spill research program led by CESER’s Robyn Conmy. The research is led by CEMM’s Brian Gullett, principal investigator for efforts related to characterizing emissions from in situ burns. CEMM’s Bill Mitchell, Amara Holder, and Dale Greenwell and University of Dayton Research Institute’s Johanna Aurell and Filimon Kiros contributed to the Kolibri development.

Core Area 2 - Fate of Oil and Weathering, November 16-20, 2020.


On March 17th, the White House informed USARC Commissioners and staff that President Biden designated David Kennedy as Chair of the USARC effective March 3, 2021. Kennedy succeeds Jon Harrison as Chair, and both continue to serve on the commission. David M. Kennedy’s bio


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