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Transport Canada RETOS Workshop – Victoria, BC (Feb 2020)

Dr. Elliott Taylor was contracted to lead a two-day workshop on the use of RETOSTM (Readiness Evaluation Tool for oil Spills) for the assessment of national to local oil spill response programs in Canada.  Participants from federal government agencies received instruction on the background and use of the RETOS Manual, Excel Tool, and the 2008 Read more about Transport Canada RETOS Workshop – Victoria, BC (Feb 2020)[…]

Online Introduction to Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Course

As a result of the current environment and difficulty in teaching classes to large gatherings of people, Polaris is trying a new method for teaching SCAT classes.  We have developed a new online Introduction to SCAT course at Udemy.  This is a 2 hour course broken into a few modules that provides an introduction or Read more about Online Introduction to Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Course[…]

Natural Resource Damages from Oil Spills in the United States

Polaris scientists were involved in a study of settlement trends in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the United States since the inception of the Oil Pollution Act in 1990 through settlements as recent as 2019. The settlement database of mostly shipping pollution incidents was evaluated for regional trends and aspects of the spill that Read more about Natural Resource Damages from Oil Spills in the United States[…]

Caribbean Sub-regional Assessment of National Oil Spill Response Programs – Basseterre, St. Kitts (11-14 March 2019)

Dr. Taylor participated as an oil spill expert and specialist in national oil spill response (OSR) program assessments and contingency planning with personnel from the RAC-REMPEICT Centre. The 4-day event entailed presentations, tabletop exercises, and assessment of national OSR programs for 14 countries using the ARPEL RETOSTMv2 application. During the workshop, senior maritime representatives were Read more about Caribbean Sub-regional Assessment of National Oil Spill Response Programs – Basseterre, St. Kitts (11-14 March 2019)[…]