Recent testing, training, and research conducted at Ohmsett - The national oil spill response research & renewable energy test facility

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Abstract
Ohmsett, The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, plays a critical role in developing the most effective response technologies, as well as training first responders with the most realistic training available, enabling a rapid and efficient response to an actual spill. The facility provides a crucial intermediate step between small-scale bench testing and open water testing of equipment by allowing testing of full scale equipment in a controlled environment. Information gathered at Ohmsett plays an essential role in the development of new technology and in the creation of more effective procedures for responding to future oil spills.

Recent programs for innovative spill recovery technologies and training include: Sunken Oil Detection, Calm Sea Dispersant Application and Washout, Remote Oil Spill Sensing, Oil Herders in Pack Ice, Dispersant Effectiveness with Low Doses and Repeated Application, Skimmer Nameplate Capacity Testing, Submersible Pump Test, Oil Herders to Improve Offshore Dispersant Operations, Validating Lab-Scale Dispersant Effectiveness, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Oil Spill Response Training, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Response Training, USCG SMART Protocol Training, Dispersant Training Course, and Fast Water Spill Response Training. To further aid research and development projects, Ohmsett’s Wave Generator was recently upgraded to create waves following computer generated spectra such as JONSWAP and Pierson-Moskowitz, resulting in waves that more closely simulate ocean waves.

Ohmsett’s value as a testing and training platform is confirmed by the number of researchers and trainers who return to Ohmsett for continued testing and training. While much of the data collected is proprietary, this paper will summarize and discuss the methodology used during recent testing, training and research conducted at Ohmsett.

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