Dispersed Oil Research Forum

Thursday, February 1, 2007 to Friday, February 2, 2007
Red Bank, NJ 07701

The Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and the Dispersants Working Group (DWG) hosted a Dispersed Oil Research Forum on February 1 and 2, 2007 in Red Bank, NJ. Over 100 participants attended the Forum. The Forum consisted of half-hour presentations on dispersant-related research conducted since the May 2005 release of the National Research Council's Report entitled "Understanding Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects". The forum ended with a panel discussion informing  which research needs had been satisfied and targeting areas for future research. The Forum followed the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) Visitor's Day where a cold-water dispersant test occurred on January 31, at the OHMSETT facility held at the nearby U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle (https://ohmsett.bsee.gov/). By dove-tailing events, both events were will attended and represented by several State contingents from Alaska, California, Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York, by all of the major oil companies, several clean-up contractors, Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and international participants from Canada, Norway, Sweden, England, and France.




Nancy E. Kinner, Amy Merten Co-Directors, Coastal Response Research Center

SESSION: Effects of Dispersing Oil

Factors Affecting the Chemistry of Water-Accommodated Fractions of Oil
Mark G. Carls

Multiphase Partitioning of Oil Components Controls Exposure to Aquatic Organisms
Joel Baker

Mechanisms of PAH Toxicity in Fish: Connecting Recent Discoveries to Future Research on Dispersed Oil
Nathaniel Scholz

Behavioral Response of Pink Salmon Fry (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) to Fresh, Weathered, and Dispersed Crude Oil and to the Dispersant COREXIT 9527
Mark G. Carls

Acute and Chronic Effects of Crude and Dispersed Oil on Chinook Salmon Smolts (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Ronald Tjeerdema

Predicting PAH Toxicity Under Varying Dispersant Scenarios
Deborah French-McCay

SESSION: Fate of Dispersed Oil

Effects of Mixing Energy and Hydrodynamics on Chemical Dispersion of Crude Oil in Bench-Scale Tests
Brian A. Wrenn

Measurement of Energy Dissipation Rate in a Wave Tank under Three Conditions: Regular Non-Breaking, Spilling, and Plunging
Michel C. Boufadel

Dispersant Effectiveness as a Function of Energy Dissipation Rate in a Wave Tank
Albert D. Venosa

Wave Tank Studies on Dispersant Effectiveness: Influence of Energy Dissipation Rate on Oil Droplet Size and Concentration
Kenneth Lee

Fate of Dispersed Oil: Field Trials with Dispersant Application - Importance for Development and Calibration of Operational Model Tools
Per Daling

Field Verification of Dispersed Oil Fate and Transport Modeling and Linking CODAR Observation System Data with Model Predictions
James Payne

Investigation of the Fate of Dispersed Oil in Aquatic Systems
James Bonner

Movement of Oil Under Non-Breaking Waves
James W. Weaver

An Annotated Dispersants Bibliography
John Conover

SESSION: Efficacy of Dispersing Oil

Post-Atomization Impact Behavior of COREXIT 9500 and COREXIT 9527 on Oil Slicks
Timothy Ebert

Improvement of the French Efficiency Test AFNOR 90-345 (IFP Dilution Test)
Francois X. Merlin

Dispersant Effectiveness Testing on Viscous, U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Crude Oils
Randy Belore

Calm Seas Application of Dispersants and Chemical Dispersibility of Outer Continental Shelf Crude Oils in Non-Breaking Waves at OHMSETT
Kenneth Trudel

SESSION: Cold Water Dispersant Use

ExxonMobil Research on Dispersants in Cold Water
Tim Nedwed

Dispersant Testing on Alaskan Crude Oils in Very Cold Water
Joseph Mullin

A Panel Discussion of Ongoing and Future Dispersant Research
Susan Saupe, Bruce Hollebone, Al Venosa, Jim Clark, Kurt Hansen, Nat Scholz, Mike Sowby, Per Daling

Reading Materials

Improving Oil Spill Response in Ice-Covered Waters - Leonard Zabilansky, Ice Engineering

Understanding Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects

Research & Development Needs For Making Decisions Regarding Dispersing Oil, September 20-21, 2005

Meeting Location

Oyster Point Hotel
146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 530-8200


For lodging, please contact the hotel directly at (732) 530-8200 and ask for the special group rate ($94) for the Dispersed Oil Forum.


Airport Shuttle: Olympic Shuttle Service. Call (800) 822-9797 or make your online reservation here.

There will be no registration fee for the forum, however, you must RSVP to the CRRC's Program Coordinator, Kathy Mandsager (email: kathy.mandsager@unh.edu; (603) 862-1545) on or before January 24, 2007.

In addition, there will be an opportunity for a State Meeting to be held at 7:00 pm [ET] on January 31, 2007 in the Palm A Room at the Oyster Point Hotel. This is for state employees only in order to discuss more specifically the dispersant issues in their state.

Organizing Committee

Nancy E. Kinner, UNH Co-Director, Coastal Response Research Center

Amy Merten, NOAA Co-Director, Coastal Response Research Center

Albert Venosa, EPA

David Fritz, BP

Don Davis, LA OSRADP

Joseph Mullin, US MMS

Katey Walter, OSRI

Mike Sowby, CA OPSR

Robin Jamail, TX GLO

Tom Purcell, API