Oil Observing Tools Workshop

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Oil Observing Tools Workshop

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 to Thursday, October 22, 2015
Mobile, AL

 CRRC's Oil Observing Tools Workshop Final Report available here>>

Additional Resources:

Title Author/Source Year
Remote Sensing in Support of Oil Spill Response, Planning Guidance  API  2013
Standard Guide for Selection of Airborne Remote Sensing Systems for Detection and Monitoring of Oil on Water  ASTM  2015
Standard Guide for Visually Estimating Oil Spill Thickness on Water  ASTM  2012
Standard Practice for Reporting Visual Observations of Oil on Water  ASTM  2014
Remote Sensing Systems to Detect and Analyze Oil Spills on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf – A State of the Art Assessment Burrage et al, NRL, funded by BSEE  2016
Report on Best Achievable Technology Remote Sensing Muskat, Judd  2017
ExxonMobil spill response book ExxonMobil  2014
Detection, Tracking, and Remote Sensing; Part VII in the Handbook of Oil Spill Science and Technology  Wiley, edited by Merv Fingas  2015
Bonn Agreement  Various  Various

NOAA OR&R Spill Response Job-Aids/One-pagers:

Title Author/Source Year
Open Water Oil Identification Job Aid for Aerial Observation NOAA 2012
Guide to Delineation of Oil NOAA NESDIS 2009
OR&R/ERD Job-Aids (e.g., Overflight, Oil Identification, Shoreline Assessment) NOAA Ongoing

Reference Documents:

Title Author/Source Year
Discrimination of Oil Spills from Newly Formed Sea Ice by Synthetic Aperture Radar  Brekke et al  2014
State of the Art Satellite and Airborne Marine Oil Spill Remote Sensing:  Application to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill  Leifer et al  2012
The Federal Oil Spill Team for Emergency Response Remote Sensing, FOSTERRS:  Enabling Remote Sensing Technology for Marine Disaster Response  Leifer et al  2015
Natural and Unnatural Oil Slicks in the Gulf of Mexico  MacDonald et al  2015
An Assessment of Surface Surveillance Capabilities for Oil Spill Response using Airborne Remote Sensing, provided for International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and Oil and Gas Producers Association (OGP)  Partington, Kim  2015
Oil Spill Detection and Mapping in Low Visibility and Ice: Surface Remote Sensing, Final Report 5.1 for the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology - Joint Industry Programme  Puestow et al  2013

Workshop Presentations (Day 1):

Nancy Kinner, Charlie Henry, George Graettinger Welcome and Overview

Plenary Session: Need for Oil Observing in Response:

Scott Lundgren, Chief Emergency Response Division NOAA ERD Need for Oil Observing in Response

Lt. James Litzinger, Strike Team USCG Need for Oil Observing in Response

Lisa DiPinto, Assessment and Restoration Division NOAA ARD Need for Oil Observing in Response

Plenary Session: Current Operational Programs:

Jeff Lankford, NOAA ERD NOAA ORR Oil Observing Program and Tools

Davida Streett, NOAA NESDIS MPSR and Remote Sensing for Surface Oil Assessment

Mark Thomas, USEPA ASPECT 

Cathleen Jones, NASA NASA Programs  

Plenary Session: Current Oil Observing Tools and Data Analysis:

SAR - Oscar Garcia, Water Mapping and Gordon Staples, MDA, Canada   

Landsat/TRACS - Mark Hess, Ocean Imaging and Kevin Hoskins, MSRC

AVIRIS Next Generation - Ira Leifer, Bubbleology Research International (presented by Chuanmin Hu)

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) - Jean Teo

Hands-On TrainingStations with Real Field Data

Traditional high resolution photography and video  



Night Vision Applications

Balloons and Vessels

Workshop Presentations (Day 2):

Plenary Session: New Technologies/New Applications

NASA Out-Year Planning & Expectations, Cathleen Jones

NRDA/Assessment Use:

DWH Multi-sensor Assessment, Jamie Holmes, Stratus Consulting

DWH SAR Applications, George Graettinger, NOAA ARD

UAS Potential Use & Limitations, Michele Jacobi, NOAA ORR ARD

KSAT - Multi-Mission Near Real-Time Satellite Imagery, Carles Debart

Remote Sensing Systems to Detect and Analyze Oil Spill on the Outer Continental Shelf, Derek Burrage, Naval Research Lab

Agenda: here>>

Participants: here>>

Additional Resources (post workshop): here>>



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Mobile AL 36608


Homewood Suites by Hilton Make your online reservation here>>
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Participants: (invitation only)

NOTE: Foreign Travelers are required to submit this form.  Please send via fax to Kathy Mandsager at UNH 603.862.3957.  This must be recieved by October 1 for security approval to NOAA's Disaster Response Center.

Organizing Committee: 

George Graettinger, NOAA ORR

Charlie Henry, NOAA

Nancy Kinner, CRRC

Jeff Lankford, NOAA

Laura Belden, CRRC


Questions? Please contact kathy.mandsager@unh.edu (603.862.1545)