Documents

Special Reports

OSRI 20th Anniversary Report, 2020
This report describes some of the activities supported in the first twenty years of OSRI funding. It provides a timeline with important points in our history and a description of a selection of projects funded through the years.
Ensuring Food Safety Following an Oil Spill in Alaska, 2018
This report provides a brief background on jurisdiction over lands and waters in Alaska and the ways that different food species are managed. It then identifies state and federal agencies and some potential partnering organizations according to the generalized functions they may provide related to food safety following a spill.
OSRI 20th Anniversary Research and Readiness, 2018
“OSRI is an important organization because it continues to be the wakeup call to always look at technologies, research, and monitoring, so we’re prepared for the next oil spill. ”- Molly McCammon, Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System
Responding to Oil Spills in the Arctic Marine Environment, 2018
This report examines the ability to respond to oil spills in the Arctic by examining the environmental conditions, existing oil spill research, and logical conditions. This leads to a description of strategies for response and mitigation.
Field Guide 2nd Edition, 2017
This document includes the 2017 revisions to the Field Guide for Oil Spill Response in Ice Covered Waters. The Field Guide describes tactics for responding to oil spills in the Arctic. The revised edition includes chapters covering wildlife and health and human safety.
Arctic NRDA, 2010
OSRI helped to support a workshop led by the Coastal Response Research Center to discuss the information needs to support potential natural resource damage assessment work in the Arctic. More on the workshop can be found at CRRC’s website http://www.crrc. unh. edu/workshops/nrda_arctic/index. html.
Prince William Sound Saline Layering and mixed layer depth, 2010
As part of the physical oceanographic research conducted for OSRI a report was developed that examined the climatological oceanographic conditions observed in the Sound. Particular emphasis was placed on the depth of the mixed layer in which dispersed oil would be expected to be entrained. Included is an analysis of the expected wind conditions necessary to mix oil down to ten meters depth.
Hydrocarbon Sensors, 2008
Workshop Report: A workshop on detecting hydrocarbons in the marine environment was held in Seward, Alaska in the spring of 2008. The workshop was a collaboration between the Alliance for Coastal Technology and the Oil Spill Recovery Institute. Researchers, manufacturers, and resource managers were brought together to identify the state of technology and determine what were the needs for new detection systems.
Analysis of Meteorological and Oceanographic Data for Prince William Sound, Alaska, 2007
This report, sponsored by the shipping industry, depicts the climatology in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It results from a study to assemble and analyze the available meteorological and oceanographic data, so that oil shipping corporations may identify those environmental and operational conditions that limit the effectiveness of the chosen response tactics in the event of an oil spill in Prince William Sound.
Biotelemetry Options for Tracking and Monitoring Marine Organisms in Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta Region, 2006
This paper is intended to provide a brief overview of the rich and developing field of biotelemetry, or remote sensing of mobile organisms, with specific reference to those organisms that reside within and migrate through the Gulf of Alaska and the Prince William Sound and Copper River delta ecosystem. This paper can serve as an initial reference for those unfamiliar with the field of biotelemetry and as a bridge to additional information for those interested in furthering their understanding. This paper includes a series of appendices with greater detail on specific aspects of the field of biotelemetry including a glossary of biotelemetry terms (Appendix A); a listing of telemetry studies within the Gulf of Alaska (Appendix B); a listing of larger acoustic telemetry programs (Appendix C); and information on biotelemetry manufacturers (Appendix D).
The Prince William Sound 2004 Lagrangian Field Experiment, 2004
This 125-page report describes a two-week drifter buoy field experiment conducted in central Prince William Sound (PWS) in August 2004. During the 2004 Lagrangian Field Experiment, 10 surface drifters and 10 drifters drogue at 10 meters were released from a central point in the Sound. They were then tracked, telemetered, and modeled in near real-time from a base station at the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova. The results were compared to several ocean circulations and oil spill trajectory models. The final report describes the methods and results and includes numerous figures and drifter trajectories. (note: this is a large file – approx. 23 MB; you may also request a CD copy of the report to be mailed by contacting pwssc@pwssc.org)
Advancing Oil Spill Response in Ice-Covered Waters, 2003
This report details a 2003 project identifying programs and research and development projects that will improve the ability of responders to deal with accidental oil spills in fresh or salt-water marine environments where there is ice. The multi-phased project concluded with a two-day workshop held in November 2003 in Anchorage. This report, published in cooperation with the Arctic Research Commission, summarizes and prioritizes the projects reviewed both before the workshop and at the workshop. Now Available: Russian Translation: http://www.pws-osri.org/publications/Oil_Ice_Russian.pdf
Final Report of The Joint Viscous Oil Pumping Workshop, 2003
June 2005. The US and Canadian Coast Guards and the international oil spill response community from seven nations met and tested systems designed for high-density oil collection and pumping. Workshop coordinated by Hyde Marine in December 2003. The report is 230 pages, with 14 appendices. Copies available by download or on CD (see contacts page).
Final Report of The Joint Viscous Oil Pumping Workshop, 2003
June 2005. The US and Canadian Coast Guards and the international oil spill response community from seven nations met and tested systems designed for high-density oil collection and pumping. Workshop coordinated by Hyde Marine in December 2003. The report is 230 pages, with 14 appendices. Copies available by download or on CD (see contacts page).
Prince William Sound Nowcast-Forecast (PWSNF) Workshops Report, 2003
This pair of workshops, held on June 16-18, 2003, in Anchorage and funded by the Oil Spill Recovery Institute, brought together representatives of observation and modeling efforts from within the state of Alaska and from around the country to provide input and planning for future development of the observation and modeling components of PWSOOS. Click on the icon at the left or follow the link to open a .pdf version of the workshop report (file size: 203 KB).
Best Practices for Migratory Bird Care During Oil Spill Response, 2002
is the result of a Fish and Wildlife Countermeasures Coordination Project undertaken by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS) over the course of two workshops held in March 2000 and February 2001.
Intensive Observing Period (IOP) Workshop Report, 2002
This workshop, held on April 8 & 9, 2002, at the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova, Alaska, focused on designing a series of Prince William Sound process studies for evaluating system physics and comparison of model results. Click on the icon at the left or follow the link to open a draft .pdf version of the workshop report. (file size: 24 KB)
Forging a New Alliance Summary Educators Workshop Report, 2001
The OSRI Educators Workshop August 23-25, 2001. Government agencies, educational institutions, and natural resource non-profits met to review goals for new programs and identify existing program overlaps. Organized by Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Education Association (ANROE) of Anchorage. The 88-page report contains pre-workshop surveys and a listing of opportunities for collaboration in the overall goal of improving the quality of environmental education in south-central Alaska. PFD 6. 0 file 2MB
“Safety of Navigation in Cook Inlet” Forum Proceedings, 1999
Held on September 9 & 10, 1999 in Homer, Alaska. The goal of this workshop was to bring together all the parties involved in marine transportation in Cook Inlet and identify steps that can be taken to prevent spilled oil.
Cook Inlet Oceanography Workshop Report, 1999
Held on November 9th, 1999 in Kenai, Alaska. The goal of this workshop was to assess the state of knowledge of the physical oceanography in Cook Inlet and to examine the results of numerical models used to predict oil-spill trajectories.
Dispersant Application in Alaska: A Technical Update, 1998
Anchorage, Alaska, March 18 and 19, 1998. Presentations and transcripts of panel discussions from a 1998 conference on the use of dispersants in Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet, Alaska. The report is 341 pages. Copies available by download or on CD (see contacts page).