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OR&R at the International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach, CA

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Mark Dix and Kate Clark in the conference exhibit hall. Image credit: NOAA.

MAY 26, 2017--OR&R filled critical roles at the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) held in Long Beach, CA on May 15-18 with over 1500 participants.

The theme of the program was “Prevent, Prepare, Respond, Restore” and the event provided an ideal forum for government, NGOs, industry, and researchers to exchange ideas and lessons learned.

NOS Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf participated on the opening plenary panel. OR&R’s Gary Shigenaka gave the closing plenary talk. There were seven NOAA papers (see list, below) and 15 poster presentations. OR&R contributed 10 session chairs and 10 short course instructors in five different courses. Five NOAA personnel acted as hosts to IOSC scholarship awardees. In the exhibit hall, OR&R was joined by our partner, the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) from the University of New Hampshire, at a booth that showcased key applications, such as the latest version of GNOME, the new CAMEO Chemical App, and ERMA®.

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Nicole LeBoeuf , NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator, and Dana Tulis, Director of Incident Management and Preparedness, USCG. Image credit: NOAA.

In addition, OR&R helped to produce “The Evolution of Oil Spill Response,” the IOSC Technical Demonstration led by BSEE, and held all day on May 17. (See related article, “OR&R Participates in Interagency Technology Demonstration at IOSC”, in this newsletter.)

IOSC is an international event and is held every three years as part of the international triennial oil spill conference series involving Spillcon (AUS) and Interspill (UK). NOAA, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the US Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Transportation serve on the on the Permanent Conference Committee. They are joined on the committee by International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the American Petroleum Institute (API).

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Gary Shigenaka delivers the closing plenary address. Image credit: NOAA
NOAA Papers Presented at IOSC

Following are the papers (primary authors) presented by NOAA staff. We will publish a link to the IOSC Proceedings as soon as it is published.

  • Chris Barker: NOAA's Web-based Oil Spill Modeling Suite (alternate)
  • Adam Davis: APEX 3508 Case Study: Best Practices for Detection and Recovery of Sunken Oil
  • Lisa DiPinto: Science Highlights from Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment that are Relevant to Response Issues
  • Mark Dix, Alan Mearns: From the Beginning: The 40 Year History of NOAA’s Emergency Response Division
  • Charlie Henry: What are the Core Trade-Off Drivers for Evaluating the Application of Sub-Sea Dispersants in Response Planning and Actual Oil Spill Events?
  • Bill Lehr, Debra Simecek-Beatty: Comparative Threat from LNG and Fuel Oil Maritime Accidents
  • Theresa Rowles: Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Bay, Sound & Estuary Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
  • Gary Shigenaka: Physical and Chemical Characterization of In-Situ Burn Residue Encountered by a Deep-Water Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Lisa Symons: Challenges of OPA and NMSA Related Responses in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa: NO1 LI HYUNG
  • Amoreena MacFadyen, Glen Watabayashi: Modeling Transport of Oil from the Refugio Bay Oil Spill

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Jordan Stout (center) and Catherine Berg (right) at the OR&R exhibit. Image credit: NOAA.
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CJ Beegle-Krause of SINTEF (formerly with OR&R) visiting the OR&R exhibit. Image credit: NOAA.
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