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Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects

Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects

Objective

Objectives: 1) to improve the observation and predictions of oil spreading in the sea using novel on-line sensors on-board vessels, fixed structures or gliders, and smart data transfer into operational awareness systems; 2) to examine the true environmental impacts and benefits of a suite of marine oil spill response methods (mechanical collection in water and below ice, in situ burning, use of chemical dispersants, bioremediation, electro-kinetics, and combinations of these) in cold climate and ice-infested areas; 3) to assess the impacts on biota of naturally and chemically dispersed oil, in situ burning residues and non-collected oil using biomarker methods and to develop specific methods for the rapid detection of the effects of oil pollution; 4) to develop a strategic Net Environmental Benefit Analysis tool (sNEBA) for oil spill response strategy decision making.
A true trans-disciplinary consortium will carry out the project. Oil sensors will be applied to novel platforms such as ferry-boxes, smart buoys, and gliders. The environmental impacts of the oil spill response methods will be assessed by performing pilot tests and field experiments in the coastal waters of Greenland, as well as laboratory tests in Svalbard and the Baltic Sea with the main focus on dispersed oil, in situ burning residues and non-collected oil. The sNEBA tool will be developed to include and overarch the biological and technical knowledge obtained in the project, as well as integrate with operational assessments being based on expertise on coastal protection and shoreline response. This can be used in establishing cross-border and trans-boundary cooperation and agreements. The proposal addresses novel observation technology and integrated response methods at extreme cold temperatures and in ice. It also addresses the environmental impacts and includes a partner from Canada. The results are vital for the off-shore industry and will enhance the business of oil spill response services.

Coordinator

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Address

Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 946 768

Participants (12)

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 743 791

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 396 837

TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 447 093

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 410 000

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 325 000

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 299 863

GREENLAND OIL SPILL RESPONSE AS

Greenland

EU Contribution

€ 229 952

LAMOR CORPORATION AB

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 548 250

MERITAITO OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

SSPA SWEDEN AB.

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 330 000

Northern Research Institute Narvik AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

Canada

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 679266

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 513 252,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 277 554

Coordinated by:

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland