Shoreline Oil Spill Response Knowledge Gaps and Technological Development Opportunities

The Shoreline Oil Spill Response Knowledge Gaps and Technological Development Opportunities Workshop is made possible through the partnership with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Response Research Branch (RRB)  and NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) in cooperation with the Coastal Response Research Center.

May 9 - 11, 2023
NOAA's Western Regional Center
Seattle, WA

Workshop Report

Shoreline Oil Spill Response Knowledge Gaps and Technological Development Opportunities - report

Literature Review

Literature Review for the Shoreline Oil Spill Response Knowledge Gaps

Project Goal

The overall goal of this project is to identify unknown gaps and opportunities in response technologies and scientific research associated with oil spill shoreline response.  This effort will include the exploration of the current state of the science of oil spill research associated with impacts, potential and realized, of crude oil effects to shoreline environments and aid in the identification of countermeasures and response alternatives that may become part of the oil spill response toolbox. 

Workshop Objectives

  • Identify gaps in the current state of the science from impacts to shorelines from impacts to crude oil and dielectric fluids from offshore facilities through focused workgroup activities and breakout sessions. 
  • Identify operational constraints of shoreline techniques using data visualization platforms and case study examples.  

Literature Review

A literature review of the state of the science regarding impacts, preparedness and responses strategies and technologies associated with oil spill on shorelines from oils from offshore facilities including crude oil and dielectric fluids has been developed. See excel spreadsheet of literature review here>>.  For individual manuscripts, please contact for a copy.

Post Workshop Overview

See here (as of 5/25/2023)>>



Workshop Participants


Workshop Presentations

Day 1

     Welcome, Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center

     Background and Workshop Goals, Steve Buschang, BSEE

Response Panel

      Doug Helton, NOAA OR&R

     Elliott Taylor, Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc

     Angela Vallier, National Strike Force Coordination Center

Detection Panel

     Tim Nedwed, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

     Ed Owens, Owens Coastal Consultants Ltd

      Lisa DiPinto, NOAA OR&R

Fate and Effects

     Michel Boufadel, NJIT

     Prabakar Clement, University of Alabama

     Chris Hall, Alaska Clean Seas

     Carl Childs, NOAA OR&R ERD


     Brent Koza, Texas General Land Office

     Karolien Debusschere, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office

     Maria Hartley, Chevron

Emerging Oil/Products and Experimental Lakes

     Elizabeth Petras/Clifton Graham, U.S. Coast Guard MER

    Jeff Morris, Abt Associates

     Greg McGowan, CA OSPR

     Pauline Gerrard, IISD Experimental Lakes Area

Changing Future

     Charlie Henry, NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center

     Scott Pegau, AK OSRI

    Marion Lewandowski, U.S. Coast Guard RDC

    Jacqui Michel, Research Planning


Silver Cloud University (please secure your own reservations; there is no block of rooms)
5036 25th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Includes parking, breakfast and (with reservation) a shuttle to/from NOAA facility.

     NOAA, Sand Point Facility
     7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 9
     Seattle, WA 98115

     Driving Directions
     NOAA campus map

    Gate Check-in Procedures. Please have photo ID available. International guests, please see important notice below!

Zoom 2 1/2 day workshop link for virtual participation.


     BSEE Oil Spill Response TRLs here>>


Steering Committee Members

Steve Buschang, BSEE
Troy Baker, NOAA ORR ARD
Alex Balsley/Marion Lewandowski, USCG Research & Development Center
Lisa DiPinto, NOAA ORR
James Hanzalik, Clean Gulf Associates
Nancy Kinner, CRRC
Greg McGowan/Kathleen Jennings, California OSPR


Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager, Coastal Response Research Center