The Future of Dispersant Use in Spill Response

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 to Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mobile, Alabama

Meeting Goals

The subject of dispersant use will intensify the next time there is a significant spill in US waters and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will again look to ORR and the National & Regional Response Teams for guidance. NOAA, as the primary scientific advisor to the USCG, needs to lead an evaluation of the observations and science conducted during the spill to build a fact-based consensus on the dispersant issues.

As an independent research center with expertise in oil spill research and restoration, CRRC is assisting NOAA to involve individuals and institutions, public and private, at local, regional, national and international levels in identifying dispersant research needs and furthering these research efforts.

This workshop will address the following topics:

  • Dispersant efficacy and effectiveness
  • Degradation of dispersants and dispersed oil
  • Physical transport and chemical behavior of dispersed oil
  • Biological effects of dispersants and dispersed oil on deep ocean & surface water species
  • Dispersants and seafood safety
  • Dispersants and human health
  • Dispersants and risk communication

Final Report

White Papers

Additional Resources



NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
The Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds
1035 North Cody Rd
Mobile, Alabama 


Mobile Marriott
3101 Airport Rd
Mobile, AL 36606
800.380.7971 or 251.476.6400


Driving Directions to Hotel

Driving Directions to Fairgrounds

Map of Mobile Alabama

Working Organizing Committee

Doug Helton, NOAA
Nancy Kinner, CRRC
Steve Lehmann, NOAA SSC
Amy McElroy, USCG
Robert Pond, USCG
Al Venosa, US EPA
Greg Wilson, US EPA


Questions? Please contact (603) 862-1545