This course educates students on identifying different types of oil spills, and the measures that can be taken to prevent and minimize damage.
Would you like to learn more about oil spills, and how these can be prevented? Part One of the Marine Oil Spills Pollution Prevention and Response (MOSPPR) Course provides the foundation to oil spills by introducing the topic, and describing the properties, behaviour and fate of oil spills. In addition, it goes into detail on the impact that an oil spill can have on the environment, according to the level of sensitivity of the area.
Module one will give a general overview on the main sources of oil that are released into the marine environment, and the impact that this can have on the surrounding area. It will describe the different oil spills that can occur, and how these can be identified according to their composition. You will learn about the cause and effect of an oil spill, and be able to identify the strategies needed for containment and recovery of spilt oil. Moreover, the OPRC Convention will be discussed, and its function in providing assistance and logistical support.
Module two focuses on the classification of different oils, and the way in which an oil can be identified according to its colour. It discusses the relationship between an oil’s key properties, and the rate in which it spreads, enabling better predictions on the rate of impact. You will learn about the process of weathering and its effects on oil properties, as well as evaporation prediction rates according to weather conditions and different oil properties. Finally, this module will introduce the emulsification process.
Module three talks about environmental sensitivity and the effects that oil may have on the surrounding area. It explains the Net Environmental Benefit Analysis, and emphasises on the importance of collaboration with environmental entities. Another aspect covered is that of sensitivity mapping, where this acts as a guide for the type of action that needs to be taken.
The following course should enable you to:
This course is aimed at all those who would like to learn more about oil spills, and gain an overview on the main sources of oil released into the marine environment, their relative importance, and their principle causes.
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