This is a 1992 training manual covering physical, geological, and biological considerations relevant to oil behavior and oil spill response and cleanup. The ultimate goal of the techniques discussed is to minimize environmental impacts from oil spills.
Download the manual: Introduction to Coastal Habitats and Biological Resources for Spill Response [PDF, 10.7 MB]
Questions addressed in the manual include:
- How does the physical environment affect the impacts of an oil spill on a shoreline?
- What factors affect the behavior and toxicity of oil?
- What kinds of shorelines are most at risk from an oil spill, and why?
- What are the effects of oil exposure on biological resources?
- What kinds of techniques are available for treatment of oil spills?
- How are the impacts of oil and cleanup assessed and monitored?
- What are the tools that are available for assisting response personnel in evaluating resource impacts?
- What are the important lessons from previous spills?
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