Oil Spill Science and Technology

Edited By

  • Mervin Fingas

The National Academy of Sciences estimate that 1.7 to 8.8 million tons of oil are released into world's water every year, of which more than 70% is directly related to human activities. The effects of these spills are all too apparent: dead wildlife, oil covered marshlands and contaminated water chief among them. This reference will provide scientists, engineers and practitioners with the latest methods use for identify and eliminating spills before they occur and develop the best available techniques, equipment and materials for dealing with oil spills in every environment. Topics covered include: spill dynamics and behaviour, spill treating agents, and cleanup techniques such as: in situ burning, mechanical containment or recovery, chemical and biological methods and physical methods are used to clean up shorelines. Also included are the fate and effects of oil spills and means to assess damage.
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Petroluem EngineersEnvironmental EngineersEmergency RespondersChemical Engineers Civil Engineers Marine Biologists Marine Engineers


Book information

  • Published: November 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-943-0

Table of Contents

1 Introduction and the Oil Spill Problem2 Risk Analysis and Prevention3 Types of Oils and Their Properties4 Oil Analysis and Remote Sensing5. Behaviour of Oil in the Environment6 Physical Spill Countermeasures on Water7 Treating Agents8 In situ Burning9 Shoreline Countermeasures10 Separation and Disposal11 Spills on land12 Assessment13 Oil Biodegradation14 Arctic Spills and Cleanup15 Effects of Oil in the Environment16 Contingency Planning and Command17 Specific Case Studies