RPI and NOAA scientists published an article in the June 2016 issue of Sea Technology on the successful use of side scan sonar and multibeam echosounder to initially detect, then map in detail, and finally to monitor the progress of the recovery of the 120,540 gallons of clarified slurry oil spill from the T/B 3508 into the Mississippi River in September 2015. The article describes the methods used to delineate the areas for removal, as well as the oil behavior on the bottom. For this response, everything seemed to go just right—low flow conditions, a viscous oil that remained cohesive and didn’t break into droplets, sandy bottom, and good access. This technology will be an important tool for OSROs who are applying to the US Coast Guard for the Nonfloating Oil Classification. Click here to see the article: McClinton-etal_SeaTech2016

SideScan Sonar