In an effort to improve SCAT data collection and decrease errors associated with those data Polaris is developing the Polaris Integrated SCAT Management Application (PRISM). This application is a suite of open-source and/or affordable software which allows for SCAT data to be collected in the field using mobile devices, uploaded to a data repository, and reviewed and Read more about Polaris Integrated SCAT Management Application (PRISM)[…]
Polaris scientists (Dr. Elliott Taylor and Mr. Travis Scott) provided a three-day training course on shoreline cleanup assessment technique for participants from the Esquimalt Indigenous Nation, WCMRC, industry, and agencies. The course encompassed classroom and field training under favorable weather conditions albeit limited accessible shorelines due to winter tides.
Polaris personnel are currently on site in Key West, Florida working on a coral assessment project.
Dr. Elliott Taylor provided oil spill expert facilitation for three National Workshops on Contingency Planning and Implementation of the OPRC Convention organized by the IMO RAC REMPEITC – Carib. Workshops were conducted in Paramaribo, Suriname (17-19 Oct.), Port of Spain, Trinidad (22-24 Oct.),and Cd. Del Carmen, Mexico (29-31 Oct. 2018). A key activity for each Read more about National Contingency Plan Workshops: Suriname, Trinidad, and Mexico (October 2018)[…]
Elliott Taylor, Jose Rios, and Stephan Gmur participated in the worst-case oil spill response exercise for the TransMountain Pipleine Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, BC. The Polaris team provided scientific and technical support for the Environmental Unit and SCAT activities related to a scenario of a dilbit release into Burrard Inlet. https://www.transmountain.com/news/2018/trans-mountain-conducts-full-scale-emergency-exercise-in-burrard-inlet https://globalnews.ca/news/4467491/trans-mountain-emergency-oil-spill-exercise-burrard-inlet/
Dr. Elliott Taylor and Mr. Jose Rios led a 2 ½ day workshop in Belize City to deliver the final National Oil Spill Contingency Plan to participants representing government, industry, ports, and NGOs. The final deliverables included atlases for spill sensitivity and operations/logistics, quantitative spill risk analysis study and spill trajectories analysis, spill equipment recommendations, Read more about Belize National Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Validation Workshop (8-10 August 2018)[…]