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Mapping and Predicting oil spills

Oil destroys the insulating ability of fur-bearing mammals, such as sea otters, and the water repellency of a bird's feathers, thus exposing these creatures to the harsh elements.Without the ability to repel water and insulate from the cold water, birds and mammals will die from hypothermia.
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The monitoring and prediction of marine pollution, for which oil spills are a major contributor, is dependent on access to high-quality information on ocean circulation. Using cutting-edge computer modeling software, we can estimate the trajectory future of possible oil spills associated with increased ship traffic and offshore petroleum exploration/development. This monitoring is important in protecting and saving life on and off shore.

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In 2012, WWF commissioned RPS Applied Science Associates, Inc. (RPS ASA) to evaluate different types of oil spills most likely to occur in the Beaufort Sea. RPS ASA is a world leader in modeling the transport, fate, and biological effects of oil and chemical pollutants in marine environments.

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