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NOAA Scientists Address Oil Spill Preparedness and Share Best Practices

JUNE 8, 2018 — An important part of the natural resource damage assessment process involves our immediate response to pollution that threatens marine resources and coastal habitats.

A large group of people posing for a photo.
Members of ORR’s Assessment and Restoration Division oil spill responders group standing in front of an early underwater hydrolab on display in Silver Spring, MD. Image credit: NOAA.

NOAA scientists collect data to determine if natural resources have been injured and then assess the injury. To do that better, oil spill responders from OR&R’s Assessment and Restoration Division gathered in Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 5 - 7 to share strategies for getting assessment work initiated rapidly after an oil spill occurs. Time sensitive data collection, leveraging NOAA-wide assets, and recent science updates were focus areas during the meeting. Staff from the U.S. Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center participated in the second day of the meeting to share perspectives about funding requirements and paying assessment claims.

To review the agenda and selected materials from the meeting, contact

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