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OR&R Collaborates on Oil Spill Research

JUNE 21, 2021 ─ This week, Lisa DiPinto, OR&R’s senior scientist is working with the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC), the EPA Office of Research and Development, and Johns Hopkins University to advance our ability to characterize surface oil slicks.

Three images: three people working in a darkened room; oil spreading into surface slick in test chamber; screen shot from daily Zoom meeting.
Clockwise from left: students adding oil to test chambers; oil spreading into surface slick in test chamber; project team consulted daily via Zoom during the experiment. COVID restrictions prevented many participants from traveling to the laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. Image credits: NOAA.

The project is testing our ability to use an electron multiplying charged coupling device (EMCCD) camera to measure the intensity of oil fluorescence from a surface slick to determine the slick thickness. Understanding how thick an oil slick is helps responders and damage assessment teams determine how much oil is on the surface, the oil’s fate and transport, including how much mixes into the water column, and how it can affect sensitive resources. This project also introduced undergraduates from the University of Puerto Rico, the University of New Hampshire and Gustavus Adolphus College as part of a University of New Hampshire diversity enhancement program.

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Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:43pm PST