OR&R provides manuals, exercises, and computer programs to help students interested in spill and chemical accident response learn independently. (NOAA)

Self-Study Resources

You can also build your knowledge of spill and chemical accident response on your own. In this section, we offer supplemental training materials related to OR&R products and software, such as GNOME (a spill forecasting tool). You can find additional resources on oil spill response techniques and recommendations among our publications for responders.

ALOHA Example Scenarios

To build your knowledge of ALOHA and MARPLOT, download this training document and work through three step-by-step fictional ALOHA example scenarios.

Marine Debris Research Publications

Here are citations for a sampling of research publications of the Marine Debris Division staff of NOAA OR&R.

Oil and Chemical Spill Research Publications

Here are citations for a sampling of research publications of the Emergency Response Division staff of NOAA OR&R.

Dispersants: A Guided Tour

This guided tour provides a basic explanation of what dispersants are and how they work.

GNOME User's Manual and Tour

Find out how to operate GNOME and learn some of the fundamental concepts you need to know to use it effectively.

Training: Aerial Observation of Oil Spills

We offer several levels of training in the aerial observation of oil on water, including a basic online training module for aircrews; an overview during our SOS class, and a comprehensive (1-day) training for spill responders.

ABC's of Arctic Acronyms

The Office of Response and Restoration has compiled a useful explanation of common Arctic acronyms and abbreviations for marine science, fisheries, and oil spills.

ESI Exercises

Try these in-depth exercises to help you become more familiar with Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps and data.