Characteristics of the Areas in which Fast Current Oil Control is Needed
COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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Present oil spill control measures are effective only in currents up to between 0.8 and 1.0 knot, depending on the characteristics of the oil and ocean conditions. The Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts, the Inland Area, and the Great Lakes were examined. Forty-four high risk areas were located, determined on the basis of a composite of oil concentration and spill frequency. These included inland rivers 12 of them open rivers 13 bays 5 channels 5 harbors 4 canals 3 and intracoastal waterways 2. There specific environmental characteristics -- current, tide, water and air temperature, wave heights, and wind -- are identified, discussed, and analyzed.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Civil Engineering