Arctic Technology Evaluation 2014 Oil-in-Ice Demonstration Report
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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The RDC deployed multiple technologies in 2014 off of the USCGC Healy north of Alaska, evaluated their performance in the Arctic environment, and assessed their utility to enhance Coast Guard capabilities. This report focuses on the oil response portion of the demonstration. The RDC s oil-in-ice research goal in Arctic Shield 2014 was to collect data to provide information about tracking simulated oil oranges and dye near the ice edge and simulated oil interactions with the ice edge. Most of the objectives were met for the oil-in-ice demonstration. The wind prevented some systems from being deployed simultaneously and the fog did not permit the cameras to identify the targets on some days. The oranges and dye appeared to work as surrogates but more oranges and a longer lasting dye would be more useful. Drifting buoys moved about 18 miles in 40 hours and collected good data. Images of the dye and oranges were collected from the aerostat and unmanned aerial vehicles. The information was entered into the Environmental Response Management Application ERMA as would be done in an actual response. The next steps should include identifying more robust systems and conducting more realistic multi-ship demonstrations to exercise the equipment on multiple platforms and evaluate the coordination requirements needed between vessels.
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Water Pollution and Control