Mapping and Predicting oil spills
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.
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.