ISDAMP: Improving Shorelines Defenses Against Marine Pollution.

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Oil spills can have disastrous consequences for coastal communities.

Floating oil containment booms represent an important part of emergency plans developed to protect sensitive shorelines or coastal infrastructure. These booms can however fail to effectively contain oil if improperly deployed or used during unfavorable conditions. Modeling the use of booms using different realistic scenarios can help both improve the understanding and reduce the occurrence of boom failure due to oil leakage or boom submersion.

Our philosophy is that local stakeholders should have access to the best numerical predictions of oil spill containment, in order to efficiently use available resources during boom deployment.

What is an oil boom? A boom is a temporary floating barrier used to contain, deflect, divert or exclude an oil spill.