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11. How Are Dispersant Applications Monitored?

Photo: A fluorometer is unpacked and assembled before deployment.

Dispersant applications are monitored for both effectiveness and environmental impacts. The SMART program (Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies, a joint project of several Federal agencies, including NOAA, that respond to oil spills) includes components for monitoring dispersants as well as in situ burning.

At right, U.S. Coast Guard officers and a NOAA researcher prepare to deploy a fluorometer, an instrument used to detect dispersed oil below a slick.

More Information about Dispersant Application Monitoring

To learn more about how dispersant applications are monitored, check our Dispersant Application Observer Job Aid.

Last updated Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:14am PDT