The government of Canada announced on 18 March the six international organizations that will receive more than $4.1 million for research projects designed to improve protocols and decision-making to minimize the environmental effects of oil spills.
The recipients include the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Johns Hopkins University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, SINTEF Ocean, Texas A&M University, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The areas of research are as follows:
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Canberra, Australia
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
The projects are part of the $45.5-million Multi-Partner Research Initiative announced in December 2017. The initiative was created to facilitate collaboration among oil-spill experts to provide the best scientific advice and tools to respond to oil spills in water.
A total of 35 projects will focus on a range of innovative strategies and technologies to aid in oil-spill response. Researchers will investigate computer modeling to predict the movement and fate of spilled oil, the use of chemical dispersants and herders, the efficiency of in-situ (or onsite) burning of oil spilled at sea, and the potential of bio-based agents to disperse oil through biodegradation.
“Collaboration is key when working to respond to oil spills,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of fisheries, oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. “These new partnerships will lead to more scientific knowledge, innovative response measures, and advanced technologies that will help minimize the impacts of oil spills on our marine and coastal waters. We are working together to keep our oceans and our coasts clean, healthy, and safe.”
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