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 presented on a web-enabled platform. The implementation and management of PRISM during a response to support the SCAT program is a service Polaris provides for clients.
For more information see our PRISM details page or contact:
POLARIS is currently restoring a coral reef recently damaged by a ship grounding in the Cayman Islands.
POLARIS delivered a 3-day course on Shorelines and Oil Spill response to personnel from First Nations groups along the west coast of Vancouver Island. The course, sponsored by WCMRC, included two field sessions and use of the POLARIS field collection application and PRISM database.
Elliott Taylor and Ed Owens completed a two-week review and assessment of the national oil spill response program in Mozambique. The in-country assessment entailed meetings with INAMAR as the lead agency for spill response as well as supporting government ministries and departments. Site visits were made to four key ports: Maputo/Matola, Beira, Nacala, and Pemba. The MAGTAP project will include a week-long series of workshops and exercises in March 2017.
Dr. Taylor provided technical support and exercise facilitation to Exxon Neftegas Ltd. (ENL) as part of the annual training and exercise program. Training and exercises in 2016 were conducted for scenarios onshore and offshore the DeKastri Export Terminal (Oct. 2016) and the Chayvo-Berkut area (Nov. 2016).
Dr. Taylor participated as an oil spill expert and specialist in spill program assessments and contingency planning with personnel from the RAC-REMPEICT Centre, USCG, ARPEL, and OSRL. The 4-day event entailed presentations, tabletop exercises, and assessment of national spill programs for 11 countries using the ARPEL RETOSv2 application. For more information, see: http://www.racrempeitc.org/activities