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Science of Oil Spills (SOS) Training Coming to Seattle

FEBRUARY 17, 2020 — NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), a leader in providing scientific information in response to marine pollution, has scheduled a Science of Oil Spills (SOS) class for the week of June 22, in Seattle, Washington.

People standing on a dock, listening to someone speak.
SOS class field trip. Image credit: NOAA.

Applications for this class will be accepted through Thursday, April 9, 2020, and we will notify applicants regarding their participation status by Friday, April 17, via email.

SOS classes help spill responders increase their understanding of oil spill science when analyzing spills and making risk-based decisions. They are designed for new and mid-level spill responders.

The training covers:

  • Fate and behavior of oil spilled in the environment.
  • An introduction to oil chemistry and toxicity.
  • A review of basic spill response options for open water and shorelines.
  • Spill case studies.
  • Principles of ecological risk assessment.
  • A field trip.
  • An introduction to damage assessment techniques.
  • Determining cleanup endpoints.

To view the topics for the next SOS class, download a sample agenda [pdf, 170 kb].

Please understand that classes are not filled on a first-come, first-served basis. OR&R tries to diversify the participant composition to ensure a variety of perspectives and experiences to enrich the class for the benefit of all participants. Classes are generally limited to 40 participants.

One additional SOS class will be hosted by OR&R this fiscal year—in Annapolis, Maryland (date to be determined).

To learn more about SOS classes and how to apply for the class, visit the SOS Classes page.

For more information, contact the OR&R Training Team, at

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Last updated Friday, February 21, 2020 4:22pm PST