Proposed Abstract Title

Shoreline oiling risk in the Salish Sea

Presenter/Author Information

Jason Lehto, NOAAFollow

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Fossil Fuel Export Through the Salish Sea- Impacts of Trains and Ships

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Because oil spills are unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic it is vital that plans are prepared before a spill occurs to ensure the right equipment is available and trained personnel are ready to respond. Oil spill plans must be based on risk to ensure resources are used to best effect. The risk of shoreline damage is highest where the probability of large spills is high, where the products spilled are more persistent, and where the natural resources are most sensitive and abundant. We developed a method that uses overall oil spill risk, oil spill trajectories, and environmental sensitivities to determine the risk of shoreline oiling for the vast majority of the Salish Sea. This information can be used to better hone response plans in order to mitigate the threat of oil spills. This methodology can also answer the question “What is the most at risk shoreline in the Salish Sea?”

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Shoreline oiling risk in the Salish Sea

2016SSEC

Because oil spills are unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic it is vital that plans are prepared before a spill occurs to ensure the right equipment is available and trained personnel are ready to respond. Oil spill plans must be based on risk to ensure resources are used to best effect. The risk of shoreline damage is highest where the probability of large spills is high, where the products spilled are more persistent, and where the natural resources are most sensitive and abundant. We developed a method that uses overall oil spill risk, oil spill trajectories, and environmental sensitivities to determine the risk of shoreline oiling for the vast majority of the Salish Sea. This information can be used to better hone response plans in order to mitigate the threat of oil spills. This methodology can also answer the question “What is the most at risk shoreline in the Salish Sea?”