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RPI Wins NOAA ProTech Oceans Task Order Award to Provide Chemical Hazards Support to the Office of Response and Restoration

RPI is pleased to announce the award of our first competitive task order under our NOAA ProTech Oceans Contract. The task order will provide the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) with “Technical Support Services for Assessment of Chemical Hazards associated with Oil and Hazardous Materials Releases”. The award value is $6,728,522. The RPI Team […]

New Response Guide for a Difficult Challenge in Oil Spill Response

RPI just completed a new guidance document for NOAA to help oil spill responders and planners better manage sunken oil mats, known as SOMs. SOMs can form near the shoreline under a range of circumstances and present unique and difficult challenges in oil spill response. It covers their formation, behavior, detection, and recovery. The image […]

Pandion Books Releases Their Latest in the Coastal Geology and Ecology Series

We are very excited to announce the availability of our new book – A Coast of Scenic Wonders: Coastal Geology and Ecology of the Outer Coast of Oregon and Washington and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can order it here: http://pandionbooks.researchplanning.com Also you should check out all the other coastal books (South Carolina, […]

RPI article makes PLOS Collection “Editor’s Pick”

A journal article by RPI authors Scott Zengel, Zach Nixon, and Jacqui Michel was chosen as an Editor’s pick for the PLOS One collection on Oil Spills. Follow the links below to read about recovery of oiled salt marshes in Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Check out the collection here: Read RPI’s article […]

RPI Supports Hurricane Missions in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

Hurricane-displaced vessel grounded on a coral reef, St. Croix, USVI.   Multiple RPI personnel have been assisting NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and State and Territorial Governments with scientific support, natural resource protection, and environmental compliance following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. RPI’s work has been part […]

RPI’s Dr. Adriana Bejarano is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Evaluation of the Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Response

This committee was formed in summer 2017 and the project scope is: This study will assess the effects and efficacy of dispersants as an oil spill response tool through review and evaluation of domestic and international research reports and results, including both laboratory and field studies. The study will evaluate trade-offs associated with dispersant use, […]

RPI publishes paper on in-situ burning in oiled marshes

RPI and USFWS, along with other industry scientists published an article in the journal Science of The Total Environment entitled “Vegetation recovery in an oil-impacted and burned Phragmites australis tidal freshwater marsh.” In-situ burning of oiled marshes is a cleanup method that can be more effective and less damaging than intrusive manual and mechanical methods. In-situ burning of oil […]

RPI staff publish article in the Environmental Science Journal for Teens

RPI staff members Scott Zengel, Jennifer Weaver, and Zach Nixon published an article on fiddler crabs and oil spills in the Environmental Science Journal for Teens (link below), one of the titles from the non-profit Science Journal for Kids. The article is an adaptation of a peer-reviewed paper from the journal Estuaries and Coasts, aimed at middle to […]

Lingering subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

RPI is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper by Zach Nixon and Jacqueline Michel entitled:  “A Review of distribution and quantity of lingering subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” This paper is a new synthesis of the body of literature on the causal geomorphic and physical mechanisms for persistence of oil in the […]