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Incident Responses for June 2017
Close up of skimming device on side of a boat with oil and boom.
Skimmers come in various designs but all basically work by removing the oil layer from the surface of the water. Image credit: U.S. Coast Guard

July 5, 2017 - Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard. Our services include everything from running oil spill trajectories to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries, and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. Several calls in June required our help to determine areas that might be effected by possible chemical releasess. In those incidents, we used our CAMEO Chemicals modeling software to identify areas at risk. Our Incident News website has information on oil spills and other incidents where we provided scientific support.

Here are some of this month’s responses: