When safety measures fail and oil spills occur, the clock begins ticking. The longer it takes to detect, more environmental damage is causes. The more damage is caused the more expensive the cleanup efforts become – not to mention the negative impact on public opinion!
Achieving an optimal oil spill response while minimizing false alarms (which can be expensive in terms of mobilizing resources) require the response teams and the decision makes to master the science, techniques and protocols make a rapid interpretation of data so they can make the right decision based on accumulated experience.
The first question is whether the response teams are even aware of the occurrence, location and severity of the oil spill, and whether people are in immediate risk of the spill (situational awareness).
Next, they must perform a risk assessment, based on what they know of the oil spill – where will the spill spread to, and whom will it effect?
Then, they must formulate the optimal response options – figuring out whether and how the spill can be cleaned up. That requires, of course, rapid acquisition of both its initial composition and
As the above description implies many factors determine the efficacy of the oil spill response team. Their level of professionalism and experience is what helps them interpret the data – but first, they must have actionable and robust data to interpret.
Leakwise to the rescue!
This actionable data is what Agar Environmental, a leader in Electromagnetic Energy Absorption detectors, set out to develop. Our Leakwise oil-on-water detection and monitoring systems provide oil spill monitoring and response teams the tools they need to provide decision makers with robust and actionable data.