Lake Erie Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) award under NOAA ProTech Oceans

We are pleased to announce that RPI was awarded the contract to generate Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) geodatabase and hard/soft copy atlases for Lake Erie. The only prior ESI maps were created in 1985, pre-GIS, so the only copies were large prints of the hand-drawn maps. About time! Thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA’s […]

RPI produces a literature study of oil spills for BOEM

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new report for BOEM on “Oil Spill Effects Literature Study of Spills of 500–20,000 Barrels of Crude Oil, Condensate, or Diesel”. The objective of this study was to synthesize documentation regarding impacts to 20 different physical, biological, social, and economic resources from spills of crude oil, condensate, or […]

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. Read RPI’s article here: 1.  Pre-treatment oiling conditions: […]

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 […]