Shoreline Assessment

A Trusted Assessment Team That Aids Successful Cleanups

Following an oil spill, we provide a trained team of scientists and data managers to implement a systematic approach for surveying affected shorelines.

Our CTEH data management team has developed mobile-friendly applications that communicate field conditions in near real-time. Our Rapid Assessment Technique (RAT) and Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) tools  are derived to support decision making for shoreline cleanup and provide a collaborative, consensus-building approach to data collection. Field teams provide geo-referenced site data with photographs and can identify sensitive resources and support operations by evaluating and prioritizing cleanup efforts.

During a response, our assessment teams perform the following:

  • Develop RAT/SCAT Plans

  • Conduct reconnaissance surveys

  • Evaluate and document shoreline type and oiling

  • Identify and document environmental and socio-economic sensitive resources 

  • Develop treatment recommendations and endpoints in partnership with regulatory agencies

  • Provide operational support and track progress

  • Conduct post-cleanup inspections with agency consensus for site closeout

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