The main goal of this experiment was to gain some experience with taking underwater measurements in a controlled, yet realistic, marine environment. To do so, we used a (heavily modified) commercially-available ROV carrying three different fluorescence sensors specifically tuned to detect crude oil in seawater. We owe a huge thank-you to ExxonMobil for inviting us to the Ohmsett Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility in New Jersey, where we were able to run our ROV alongside their tests.
Please click on the galleries below to learn more.
Many thanks to Tom Coolbaugh (ExxonMobil), who took these photos for us.
Footage from both above and underwater!
Exploring an oil containment boom
Through a dispersed plume
Under a dispersed plume
We owe a great many thanks to the following groups and individuals:
Tim Nedwed, Tom Coolbaugh, Doug Mitchell
Aaron MacNeill, Mike Vining, Ian MacIntosh, Haibo Niu, Jim Eddington
BEDFORD INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY (BIO)
US NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)
US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
everyone at Ohmsett, but especially:
Mike Brennan, Alan Guarino, and Paul Panetta
2019 ExxonMobil Ohmsett Dispersants Workshop
Photo credit: T. Schmidt
Ohmsett Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ohmsett.com/
Last revised: May 2, 2020