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Oil Spill Monitoring

SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler and CTD (photo by EMS)
Photo by EMS Sistemas de Monitorizacion Medio Ambiental

Monitoring the environmental impact of an oil spill is crucial to understanding the long-term changes and developing appropriate remediation methods. Sea-Bird manufactures oil detection sensors as well as CTD systems that can be deployed for oil spill monitoring.


Oil Detection Sensors

Sea-Bird Scientific’s SeaOWL UV-ATM is an in-situ oil-in-water sensor. Based-on the highly successful WET Labs ECO sensor, the SeaOWL UV-ATM is an industry-leading oil-detection technology with 5X optical resolution improvement over its predecessor.

A variation of the SeaOWL, the SeaOWL UV-ATM SLC, is specifically designed for integration into the Teledyne Webb Research Slocom glider.


CTD Systems

Sea-Bird CTD systems are ideally suited for this monitoring work, as the oil will not cause long-term damage to the CTD. Note that if the oil coats the inside of the conductivity cell and dissolved oxygen sensor membrane, it can possibly affect the sensor's calibration (and thus affect the measurement and the data).

A large number of Sea-Bird instruments/equipment are suitable for integration with sensors for oil spill monitoring:

For any deployment in an oil spill area, see the following Quick Reference documents for simple measures to minimize the ingestion of oil, and to reduce the impact on the calibration.

Sea-Bird Instructions / Recommendations

IMPORTANT! When sending in instruments for calibration and/or repair, let us know on the Online RMA and Service Request Form if the instruments were deployed in an oil spill area.

Reference Materials