When spilled oil contaminates a shoreline, responders must survey the affected areas to determine the best response. Below are standard forms you can download, print out, and then use to record your observations during a shoreline survey following an oil spill. Different forms have been developed for different habitats and types of oiling (e.g., river, wetland, tar ball oiling).
You can find more information about how to use the forms in the Shoreline Assessment Manual. In addition, the Shoreline Assessment Job Aid serves as a supplement to the Manual, providing visual examples of many of the terms you would use during shoreline assessments.
Forms for general use:
- Field Observer Form for Quick Shoreline Assessment [PDF, 455 KB]: Use this form for quick reconnaissance and report your observations to the Field Observer Coordinator in the Situation Unit.
- Shoreline Oil Summary (SOS) Form [PDF, 803 KB]: This general form is used for assessments at most spills. Page 2 contains explanations of terms used in the form.
The following forms have been customized for specific shoreline or oil types. The second page of each contains explanations of terms used in the forms.
More Information about Shoreline Assessment
Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT): Here is an overview of SCAT, a simple and comprehensive way to perform a survey of an oiled shoreline.
Shoreline Assessment Manual: This manual outlines methods for conducting shoreline assessment and using the results to make cleanup decisions at oil spills.
Shoreline Assessment Job Aid: This job aid was developed for use in the field and to supplement the manual, providing a visual guide to many of the terms used and conditions found during shoreline assessments.