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

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Leadership for shoreline response operations encompassing shoreline assessment (SCAT), cleanup, inspections, and damage assessment

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Unique combination of technical expertise, from pre-planning through restoration, supports critical operational decisions in the context of NRDA and restoration concerns.

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Support for coral reef damages from ship casualties, anchor damage, oil and chemical spills and wreck removal alternatives among others.

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Spill response plans, tactical and strategy site plans, prevention and contingency plans including national planning initiatives, integrated response plans, fleet plans, spill and operations manuals, and practical guidelines for response personnel.


Provide in-person and virtual support in the capacity of multiple Incident Command System (ICS) roles for small or large-scale drills and exercises.

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Polaris scientists helped develop the SCAT process in the 1980s and have performed SCAT leadership and management functions for many significant spill events.

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Wide range of training courses that cover a variety of oil spill planning and response topics.


POLARIS scientists continue to pioneer the use of aerial video surveys for shore-zone mapping, coastal inventories, and oil spill countermeasures planning.

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Technical representation for responsible parties on restoration projects including: trustee liaison, assessment of alternative restoration/ compensation, project design/coordination, and monitoring.

Research and Development

Initiative to quantify, report and collaborate with others in the response and research communities to understand spill impacts upon multiple components which make up an ecosystem.

About Polaris

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.

Key Personnel

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Greg Challenger, M.S.
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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.

Dr. Elliott Taylor
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Andy Graham, M.S.
Principal/Marine Scientist
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Travis Scott, M.S.
Environmental Scientist
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Alison Craig, M.S., M.P.A.
Environmental Scientist

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Samantha Iliff, M.S.
Environmental Scientist
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Contact Us for more Information

2024 International Oil Spill Conference
May 9, 2024

Polaris Applied Sciences is headed to New Orleans and the 2024 International Oil Spill Conference. Look for Greg Challenger, …Read more

Cheam First Nation SCAT Training
May 6, 2024

Dr. Elliott Taylor and Samantha Iliff of Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc. led a two-day course in Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) for members of the…Read more

National OPRC Level II Workshop – Belize (12-15 March 2024)
March 22, 2024

Dr. Elliott Taylor, Matt Martin (USCG/IMO), and Nadia Gour (RAC-REMPEITC) delivered a National Workshop on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and…Read more