|Date of Summary
August 25, 2008
Upgrade of SMART Dispersant Effectiveness Monitoring Protocol
S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
Dr. Ken Trudel and Mr. Randy Belore
Minerals Management Service
The objectives of this research project are three-fold:
- To conduct an analysis of monitoring data (visual and instrumental
monitoring) collected during Ohmsett dispersant experiments completed
between 2003 through 2007, for the purposes of verifying the reliability of
existing SMART effectiveness monitoring protocols and recommending changes
to improve monitoring methods;
- Obtain input from end-users of the SMART protocol regarding past
experience with the protocol and instrumentation, as well as their needs for
upgrading the effectiveness and operational utility of the protocol; and
- To review the commercially available off-the-shelf instruments that might
fit the needs of the USCG Strike Teams for monitoring the effectiveness of
oil spill dispersant operations.
This project is co-funded with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and
Development Center, Groton, CT.
Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the project was assembled and has
representatives from the USCG, EPA, MMS and NOAA. A two-day meeting was held
September 19-20 at the U.S. EPA in Edison NJ to conduct a Wants/Needs
Analysis. More than 25 attendees from federal agencies and private industry
participated in the workshop. The workshop had two breakout focuses the
Operations Group and The Interpretation Group. The workshop laid the
groundwork for updating the SMART protocol for dispersants. Guidance was
developed for the technical evaluation of the existing data and the user
wants/needs analysis will guide in the selection of instruments for
evaluation. The workshop was not intended to come up with the answers but to
make sure that we understand the issues.
The final reports have been accepted by MMS. This project is complete.
(388.22 KB PDF)
Update SMART Protocol for Monitoring Efficacy of Oil Spill Dispersant
Operations: Proceedings of the Stakeholders Workshop, S.L. Ross
Environmental Research Ltd., Ottawa, ON Canada, 21 pp., August 1008.
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Updating the SMART Dispersant Monitoring Protocol: Review of Commercial off
the Shelf Instruments, S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd., Ottawa,
ON, Canada, 19 pp., August 2008.
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Updating the SMART Dispersant Monitoring Protocol: Review of Ohmsett Results
from 2001-2007, S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada,
45 pp., August 2008.