Center Funded Projects

Dispersant Initiative Projects
Injury and Recovery of Natural Resources
Socioeconomic Issues
Transport and Weathering of Released Materials
Cold Climate RFP Projects
ORR Staff Special Projects


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Estimating the Loss Reduction Effects of Disaster Preparedness: An Empirical Study of U.S. Coastal States
Dr. Qing Miao, Rochester Institute of Technology and Dr. Meri Davlasheridze, Texas A&M University at Galveston


Technical Support For Developing and Field-Testing IN-SITU Bioassays in the Surface Mixing Layer of Marine Waters at Oil Spill Sites
Dr. G. Allen Burton, University of Michigan

Water Column Exposure Modeling Tool - WCEMT Model Evaluation and Application
Connie Travers, Abt Associates and Andy Ernest and Christopher Fuller, RATES

Three-Dimensional Mapping of Dissolved Hydrocarbons and Oil Droplets Using a REMUS-600 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Heather Forth and Jamie Holmes, Abt Associates; Amy Kukulya, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Lisa DiPinto and George Graettinger, NOAA; Robyn Conmy, U.S. EPA; Oscar Garcia, Water Mapping, LLC

2012-2013 Dispersant Initiative

DTox: a Worldwide Quantitative Database of the Toxicological Effects of Dispersants and Chemically Dispersed Oil
Adriana Bejarano, Research Planning, Inc

Understanding chronic impacts of chemical dispersant and chemically-dispersed oil on behavior, molting success, and hormone status of blue crab larvae: inputs for recruitment and population models
Dr. Eric Schott, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Response Risk Communication Tools for Dispersants and Oil Spills
Ann Hayward Walker, SEA Consulting Group

Kate Starbird, D. Dailey, A.H. Walker, T. Leschine, R. Pavia, A. Bostrom. Social Media, Public Participation, and the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal. 08 Aug 2014.

Injury and Recovery of Natural Resources

Acute and Chronic Effects of Crude Oil and Dispersed Oil on Chinook Salmon Smolts (Onchorhyncus tshawytscha), Dr. Ronald S. Tjeerdema, Brian S. Anderson, Michael M. Singer and Dr. Mark R. Viant, University of California, Davis

Acute and Chronic Effects of Oil, Dispersant and Dispersed Oil to Sensitive Symbiotic Cnidarian Species
Dr. Carys L. Mitchelmore and Dr. Joel E. Baker, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Dispersants as an Oil Spill Countermeasure for Remediation and Restoration in Sensitive Coastal Habitats
Dr. Qianxin Lin and Dr. Irving A. Mendelssohn, Louisiana State University

Fate and Effects of Emulsions Produced After Oil Spill in Estuaries
Dr. Richard Lee and Keith A. Maruya, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Guidance for Dispersant Decision Making: Potential for Impacts on Aquatic Biota
Dr. Deborah French McCay, Applied Science Associates, Inc.

Impacts of Low Level Residual Oils on Toxicity Assessments of Oil Spills
Joy McGrath, HydroQual, Inc. and Dr. Dominic Di Toro, University of Delaware

Integrating Physiological and Demographic Parameters in NRDA
Dr. Florina Tseng, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Victor Apanius, Wake Forest University; and Dr. Ian Nisbet, ICT Consulting

The Relationship Between Acute and Population Level Effects of Exposure to Dispersed Oil, and the Influence of Exposure Conditions Using Multiple Life History Stages of an Estuarine Copepod, Eurytemora affinis, as a Model Planktonic Organism
Dr. Don Aurand and Dr. Gina Coelho, Ecosystem Management & Associates, Inc.

Studies Using Aquatic Turtles to Assess Long-Term Effects of Oiling of Nests During Early Embryonic Development
Dr. Christopher L. Rowe and Dr. Carys L. Mitchelmore, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Survival Time Models Quantitatively Predict Lethal Effects of Pulsed and Different Duration Exposures to Water-Accommodated Fractions of Spilt Oil
Dr. Michael C. Newman and Dr. Michael A. Unger, College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Utility of Meiobenthos for Risk Assessment of Low-Level Crude Oil WAF's: Rapid Copepod-Based Approaches for Evaluating Reproductive and Population-Level Toxicity
Dr. G. Thomas Chandler and Dr. Bruce C. Coull, University of South Carolina

Socioeconomic Issues

A Convergent Validity Test of the Parameter Updating Method
Dr. Christine Poulos, Research Triangle Institute

Ecology and Economics for Restoration Scaling
Dr. Charles H. Peterson, University of North Carolina; Eric P. English, NOAA

Establishing Performance Metrics for Oil Spill Response, Recovery and Restoration
Dr. Seth Tuler, Social Environmental Research Institute; Dr. Thomas Seager, Purdue University; and Dr. Igor Linkov, Cambridge Environmental, Inc.

Monetary Values and Restoration Equivalents for Lost Recreational Services on the Gulf Coast of Texas Due to Oil Spills and Other Environmental Disruptions
Dr. George Parsons, University of Delaware

Social Disruption from Oil Spills and Spill Response: Characterizing Effects, Vulnerabilities, and the Adequacy of Existing Data to Inform Decision-Making
Dr. Thomas Webler, and Dr. Seth Tuler, Social and Environmental Research Institute

Transport and Weathering of Released Materials

Development of a Predictive Bayesian Data-Derived Multi-Modal Gaussian Maximum-Likelihood Model of Sunken Oil Mass
Dr. James Englehardt, University of Miami

Delivery and Quality Assurance of Short-Term Trajectory Forecasts from HF Radar Observations
Dr. Newell Garfield, San Francisco State University; Jeffrey Paduan, US Naval Postgraduate School; Carter Ohlmann, UC Santa Barbara

Dispersion and Submergence as Extremes of a Theoretical Continuum: Development of Numerical Algorithms to Compute Interaction of Surface Oil with Breaking Waves
Dr. Mark Reed, Per Snorre Daling, and Øistein Johansen, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

Effects of Dispersants on Oil-SPM Aggregation and Fate in US Coastal Waters
Dr. Ali Khelifa and Dr. Merv Fingas, Environmental Technology Centre, Environment Canada

Field Verification of Oil Spill Fate and Transport Modeling and Linking CODAR Observation System Data with SIMAP Predictions
Dr. James Payne, Payne Environmental Consultants, Inc.; Dr. Eric Terrill, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Dr. Deborah French-McCay, Applied Science Associates, Inc.; Dr. Walter Nordhausen, CA Dept of Fish and Game

Improvements to the Work on Integration of NOAA's GNOME Model and CDOG (Clarkson Deepwater Oil and Gas) Blowout Model
Dr. Poojitha Yapa, Clarkson University

Investigation of Physical and Chemical Causes of Heavy Oil Submergence
Dr. Bruce P. Hollebone, and Zhendi Wang, Environment Canada

Measurements and Modeling of Size Distributions, Settling and Dispersions Rates of Oil Droplets in Turbulent Flows
Dr. Joseph Katz and Balaji Gopalan, The Johns Hopkins University

Use of Natural Seeps for Evaluation of Dispersant Application and Monitoring Techniques
Dr. James Payne, Payne Environmental Consultants, Inc. and Dr. Alan A. Allen, Spiltec

Wave Tank Studies on Dispersant Effectiveness as a Function of Energy Dissipation Rate and Particle Size Distribution
Dr. Kenneth Lee, Bedford Institute of Oceanography; Dr. Albert Venosa, US EPA; Dr. Michel Boufadel, Temple University; Mr. Scott Miles, Louisiana State University

A Module for NOAA's GNOME Model to Provide Capability to Simulate Deepwater Oil and Gas Spills
Dr. Poojitha Yapa, Clarkson University


Detecting Dissolved PAHs from Oil Spills Using Passive Samplers in Cold Water and Ice Cores
Rainer Lohmann, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island and Christian Petrich, Ph.D., University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Oil in Ice: Transport, Fate, and Potential Exposure
Liv-Guri Faksness

Oil Movement in Sea Ice A Master Thesis
Jonas Karlsson, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Oil Recovery with Novel Skimmer Surfaces Under Cold Climate Conditions
Dr. Arturo Keller and Victoria Broje, University of California; Leonard Zabilansky, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


This is a pilot program to promote professional development of ORR Staff. The Center will fund up to two projects whose purpose is to solve a needed ORR problem, improve a model or develop a tool, or synthesize research on a particular subject of interest to ORR and the Coastal Response Research Center. These projects will have a hard deliverable within a maximum 6-week time period.

A Knowledge-Based Reasoning for the Interpretation of PAH Data
Submitted by Mike Buchman (Final Report - pending)

Developing a Method for Estimating Injury and Risk to a Major NOAA Trust Resource (Finfish) due to Persistent Bioaccumulative chemicals: Mercury
Submitted by Tom Dillon and Nancy Beckvar

  • Table 1 (Excel Spreadsheet) - Hypothetical example of information extracted from each paper reviewed and how control-normalized fish injuries were calculated. 
  • Table 2 (Excel Spreadsheet) - Summary of literature used to calculate the residue-based fish injury dose-response curves for juvenile/adult fish and for early life stage (ELS) fish.

Newly funded PIs must submit the following reports:

PI Training Presentation on October 22, 2012

Progress Report Guidelines & Instructions

Invoicing Guidelines & Instructions

Annual Submissions 

Final Report Guidelines & Instructions