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OHMSETT

PURPOSE

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.

PHOTO GALLERIES

Please click on the galleries below to learn more.

Many thanks to Tom Coolbaugh (ExxonMobil), who took these photos for us.

surface slicks

underwater plumes

Surface tendrils of oil
Surface tendrils of oil

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Approaching dense surface slick
Approaching dense surface slick

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Surfacing in less oily water
Surfacing in less oily water

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Surface tendrils of oil
Surface tendrils of oil

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

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Emergence of subsurface oil plume
Emergence of subsurface oil plume

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Tracking the plume
Tracking the plume

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Exploring within the dispersed plume
Exploring within the dispersed plume

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Emergence of subsurface oil plume
Emergence of subsurface oil plume

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

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dispersed oil

miscellany

Dispersed oil in turbulent seawater
Dispersed oil in turbulent seawater

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

ROV surfing
ROV surfing

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Submerging to calmer waters
Submerging to calmer waters

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Dispersed oil in turbulent seawater
Dispersed oil in turbulent seawater

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

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First day setup on deck
First day setup on deck

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Jury-rigged ROV "crane"
Jury-rigged ROV "crane"

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

Contained oil within the boom
Contained oil within the boom

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

First day setup on deck
First day setup on deck

Credit: T. Coolbaugh

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VIDEOS

Footage from both above and underwater!

above water

Exploring an oil containment boom

Surfacing

underwater

Through a dispersed plume

Under a dispersed plume

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We owe a great many thanks to the following groups and individuals:

 

EXXONMOBIL

Tim Nedwed, Tom Coolbaugh, Doug Mitchell

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

Aaron MacNeill, Mike Vining, Ian MacIntosh, Haibo Niu, Jim Eddington

 

BEDFORD INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY (BIO)

Brian Robinson

 

US NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)

Lisa Dipinto

US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

Robyn Conmy

OHMSETT

everyone at Ohmsett, but especially:

Mike Brennan, Alan Guarino, and Paul Panetta
 

2019 ExxonMobil Ohmsett Dispersants Workshop

Photo credit: T. Schmidt

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REFERENCES

  1. Ohmsett Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ohmsett.com/

Last revised: May 2, 2020​