Responding to oil spills: Nearshore & beach habitats

 

Monday, November 17, 2017
NOAA Disaster Response Center, Mobile, AL

Emergency responders, natural resource managers, and scientists came together to discuss oil spill response efforts in coastal wetlands. They discussed new research, lessons learned and successes from past response efforts, and research gaps that improved partnerships may be able to fill. The full agenda is available here.

This seminar is one of three Responding to oil spills seminars targeted for researchers, emergency responders, and others interested in how science is currently and can be incorporated into response efforts. One in October focused on wetlands  (click here to see videos from the event) and the other will focus on offshore response techniques.

To learn more about our speakers, please view our presenter summary sheet here.  A list with links to websites to helpful resources can be found here.

Seminar overview
Larissa Graham is the Oil Spill Science Specialist with the Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. During her talk, she provided an overview of the Oil Spill Science Outreach Program and the agenda for the seminar. View Larissa’s introduction here.

Challenges to cleaning sandy beaches
Patrick Coleman, a civilian employee with US Coast Guard Sector Mobile in the Contingency Planning Department, provided an overview of how responders clean sandy beach and nearshore environments. See the talk here.

Potential response injuries to sandy beaches
Jacqueline Michel, a geochemist and President of Research Planning, Inc., talked about how science is incorporated into response techniques to clean oil from nearshore and beach habitats. View the presentation here.

Panel: Challenges to response
Patrick Coleman from US Coast Guard Sector Mobile and Jacqueline Michel, the President of Research Planning, Inc., answered questions about response in nearshore and beach habitats. Watch the conversation here.

Panel: What research is relevant to response?
Researchers included: Frank Hernandez and  Stephan Howden from the University of Southern Mississippi, Gregg Jacobs from the Naval Research Laboratory, Sabrina Parra an American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellow, and Steven Morey, Markus Huettel, and Ryan Rodgers from Florida State University. To learn more about each of these speakers, please read their bios here. The discussion can be viewed here.

Tracking oil using remote sensing
James Hanzalik from Clean Gulf Associates discussed new technologies that allow responders to detect and track oil at the surface. Watch his presentation here.

Buried oil removal
Jacqueline Michel, the President of Research Planning, Inc., talked about how buried oil was removed during an oil spill in Tampa Bay, FL. View her talk here.

Applying information to operations
Jacqueline Michel, the President of Research Planning, Inc., presented on the Texas City Y spill on behalf of Brent Koza, sharing her perspective how information was applied to operations. View the slides and listen to the talk here.

Panel: What have we learned from response?
James Hanzalik from Clean Gulf Associates and Jacqueline Michel from Research Planning, Inc. answered questions about what we have learned from responding to past oil spills. Watch the conversation here.

Cover photo: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant/Rusty Grice