Scientific support for spill response, NRDA and resource reinstatement


Polaris Offers a Full Range of Response, Restoration, and Training Services
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Spill Response

Our scientists have been at the forefront of oil and chemical spill response activities including research on the fate of stranded oil and shoreline treatment methods for over 20 years.



POLARIS provides spill response, prevention and contingency planning ranging from national planning initiatives, typically through International Maritime Organization and/or UN programs, to plans to meet regulatory compliance, including integrated response plans, fleet plans, spill and operations manuals, and practical guidelines for response personnel.

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Natural resources damage assessment

At the time of a spill, our unique combination of technical expertise, from pre-planning through restoration, gives our clients the elements needed to make critical operational decisions in the context of NRDA and restoration concerns.

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Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT)

Polaris scientists helped develop the SCAT process in the 1980s and has performed the SCAT leadership and management functions for the most significan spill events in history.

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Ship Grounding Response

POLARIS has been involved in over 60 incidents worldwide involving scientific support for coral reef damages from ship casualties, anchor damage, oil and chemical spills among others.

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Technical Training

POLARIS offers a wide range of training courses that cover a variety of oil spill planning and response topics. – Read more –

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Oil Spill Research and Development

POLARIS scientists have been at the forefront of oil spill R&D for 30 years.

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About Polaris

Polaris is your partner of choice in response and remediation
Over 100 years of response experience from more than 200 spills and groundings

POLARIS APPLIED SCIENCES, Inc. (POLARIS) was created in 1998 from the merger of three highly successful companies with a broad range of capabilities in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial oil and chemical spill response.

POLARIS’ scientific support staff for oil spill response includes internationally recognized leaders in shoreline treatment operations, shoreline geomorphology, pre-spill planning, technical training of spill responders, and environmental assessment.

Our scientists offer a combined total of over 100 years of response experience from more than 200 spills and groundings. POLARIS has provided clients worldwide with spill planning, spill and grounding response, scientific support, shoreline cleanup assessment technique (SCAT) training and implementation, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) and environmental restoration services.

  • Rapid Response, Worldwide

  • Decades of experience assessing NRDA

  • World class plans for any marine or coastal operation

  • Highly skilled and experienced instructors, proven materials


Educated, trained and experienced to provide you world class service
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Greg E. Challenger

Mr. Challenger is a marine scientist with 30 years of experience in environmental resource management and marine and freshwater habitat assessment and restoration.

Dr. Elliott Taylor

Dr. Taylor has over 35 years of worldwide experience as a marine scientist and over 20 years of experience in oil spill response. He is recognized as an industry leader in environmental issues in oil spill response.

Andrew W. Graham M.S.

Marine Scientist
Mr. Graham has over 16 years of experience in spill response, coral reef assessment, SCAT surveys, bathymetry work, and data analysis.

Teresa L. Allard

Spill Response/Emergency Management Specialist
Ms. Allard has over 18 years of work experience within the emergency response community as a Spill Response Specialist providing scientific and technical support for the Environmental Unit within the ICS.

Travis Scott, M.S.

Environmental Scientist
Mr. Scott has over 16 years of experience in water resources management, and ecology, reef restoration, SCAT and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Dr. Stephan Gmur

Environmental Scientist
Dr. Stephan Gmur provides a strong background in GIS, advance database design, pre-spill assessments, post spill monitoring and impacts evaluation and development of data capture workflows during spill events.

Alison Craig, M.S., M.P.A.,

Environmental Scientist
Ms. Craig provides over 20 years of experience in oceanography, environmental monitoring, ecological risk assessment, natural resource management, spill response, prevention, and contingency planning.

Jose M. Rios, M.S.

Emergency Management Specialist/Marine Scientist
Mr. Rios is an engineer with a strong marine science and emergency management (EM)background. He has over 20 years of successfully experience involving functional areas of EM.

Gary S. Mauseth, M.S.

Mr. Mauseth has over 40 years of experience in the management and technical aspects of a wide variety of projects in the marine and freshwater environments.

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