CAMPRI Oil Thickness

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to Friday, November 15, 2019
New Jersey

Coordinating Recent Advances in Estimating and Measuring Oil Slick Thickness (CAMRPI)

Sponsored by NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) via funding from Canada Oceans Protection Plan’s Multi-Partner Oil Spill Research Initiative (MPRI) in partnership with Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and hosted by the Coastal Response Research Center, University of New Hampshire.

This event includes a 2-day workshop on Wednesday & Thursday, November 13 & 14. 
The Ohmsett event will be on Friday, November 15 (1/2 day).

Final Report

Comparing Recent Advances in Estimating and Measuring Oil Slick Thickness: MPRI Technical Report (released January 2023)

Goals for this Project

CAMPRI Oil Thickness Group
  • Bring together an international team of experts who are currently working largely independently to advance the collective ability to determine oil slick thickness and overall oil slick characterization.  This will allow researchers to: benefit from work conducted to date; understand and compare challenges and successes; build on completed research; and identify research gaps and plans to address them.

  • Move beyond discussions of methods’ strengths and weaknesses with a series of controlled experiments at BSEE’s Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test facility in Leonardo (New Jersey) (the OHMSETT facility) to actually measure and compare various techniques for characterizing oil thickness.

  • Conduct field test various methods, based on the OHMSETT experiments, to determine field readiness levels and performance.




  • NOAA NESDIS, Jerome Fisher
  • RADAR SAT 2, Gordon Staples, MDA Corporation
  • AVIRIS, Gregg Swayze, USGS

Aerial Platforms

On or In the Water, Non-destructive

On or In the Water, Destructive


NOAA Fisheries Science Center
NEFSC James J. Howard
Marine Sciences Laboratory
74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook
Highlands, NJ 07732
(732) 872-3000

Field Trip

NWS Earle Waterfront
801 State Route 36, Building R-24
Leonardo, NJ 07737
Ph 732-866-7183



Newark - ~36 miles
LaGuardia - ~60 miles
JFK - ~ 65 miles

Hotels (no blocks have been reserved)

Blue Bay Inn  (This is convenient to both of our locations (workshop and tour). Government rate is $120.  Walking distance to shops and eateries.)
51 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Phone:(732) 708-9600

Molly Pitcher Inn (This offers a government rate of $109. Highly recommended location, but a greater distance.)
88 Riverside Ave.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: (732) 203-5199

Due to federal facility security, all participants must be approved prior to attending the workshop and OHMSETT. visitor form

Our Base Sponsor is: 

Mike Brennan
Ohmsett Liaison
U.S. Department of the Interior, BSEE
Naval Weapons Station Earle, Waterfront
Office: (732) 866-7055  Fax:(732) 866-7027

This form must be submitted directly to: Attention: Mike Brennan by Fax:(732) 866-7027

Planning Committee

  • Nancy Kinner, CRRC, UNH
  • Lisa DiPinto, NOAA OR&R
  • George Graettinger, NOAA OR&R
  • Kristi McKinney, BSEE
  • Philip Ramsey, UNH

Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager.