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