Science of Oil Spills (SOS) classes help spill responders increase their understanding of oil spill science when analyzing spills and making risk-based decisions. They are designed for new and mid-level spill responders.
These trainings cover:
- Fate and behavior of oil spilled in the environment.
- An introduction to oil chemistry and toxicity.
- A review of basic spill response options for open water and shorelines.
- Spill case studies.
- Principles of ecological risk assessment.
- A field trip.
- An introduction to damage assessment techniques.
- Determining cleanup endpoints.
To view the topics for the next SOS class, download a sample agenda [PDF, 117 KB].
Where and When
SOS classes are held annually, usually in the spring at NOAA's Western Regional Center in Seattle, Wash. Class sizes are limited to allow for personalized instruction. Each class includes three and a half days of training, beginning on Tuesday morning and ending on Friday at lunch. There is no tuition for the class; however, attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.
The next SOS class will be held June 25-28, 2013 in Seattle. Applications will be accepted until May 10, and we will notify applicants regarding their participation status by May 24. No other SOS classes are planned through fiscal year 2013 (ending September 30).
Download the SOS class application form [PDF, 305 KB]. You can send your application several ways:
- Download and complete the form, then email it to SOS.email@example.com.
Note: Use the latest version of Adobe Reader, Reader XI, to complete this fillable PDF.
- Print your completed form, and then fax it to 206.526.6329.
- Print your completed form, and then mail it to the address shown at the bottom of the application.