Dr. Matt Horn spoke at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, to Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows in Oceanography (SURFO’s) and graduate students on July 24. He discussed his experiences both as a field-going and lab-bound oceanographer and covered tips on deciding whether graduate school is right for you, how to get in and then make it through, and ultimately what you can do with a degree once you are out. An emphasis was placed on oceanographic careers outside of academia in a field that is rapidly growing.
Eoin Howlett, Dr. Xiongping Zhang, Dr. Haiwei Shen attended the Sino-U.S. Oil Spill & Emergency Response Management Seminar & Expo held in Qingdao, Shandong province, China on June 5-7. This event was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Ministry of Transport of China. At the seminar, Eoin presented "Oil Spill Science: Natural Resource Damage Assessment" and XP gave a speech entitled "Online Oil Spill Simulation and Response Management System for Yangtze Estuary".
On July 16, Dr. Yong Hoon Kim (far right, back row) attended the 2nd International Workshop on Environmental Impact Studies for Gas Hydrate Production Testing in the Ulleung Basin, Korea. The workshop was held at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM). He gave a presentation entitled "SIMAP Application on a GH Production Test" describing the simulation services RPS ASA provides to the Gas Hydrate Production project to model incidental gas releases, produced water discharge, and drilling mud discharge.
At the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, CA held July 8-12, Stephen Sontag met with key members of Esri’s Energy and Ocean Sciences teams to discuss current strategies to integrate modeling and metocean data into Esri’s ArcGIS Online framework. With over 14,000 attendees, this conference is the world’s largest event dedicated to GIS technology.
Dr. Haiwei Shen was invited to the 1st Environment Pollution Damage Assessment Training of 2013, held by the Chinese Academy for the Ministry’s Environmental Planning and Environmental Protection in Beijing on June 27-28. This workshop provided training on regulation, techniques, and case studies to environmental pollution damage assessment workers from each province. Haiwei discussed our oil spill damage assessment methodology and the North Cape oil spill case study.
Eileen Graham attended a workshop from July 8 - 11th on Ichthyoplankton of the Gulf of Mexico in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The workshop focused on the exchange of information across laboratories regarding the identification of larval fish species found in the northern Gulf.
From May 26 to June 7 Kelly Knee visited a number of clients in the Arabian Gulf region to discuss RPS ASA’s software products and metocean forecasting services. Kelly, along with Tarig Omer, manager of RPS Energy’s Abu Dhabi office, held meetings with Dubai Municipality, ADNOC, Bayanat, ZADCO, the Abu Dhabi DOT Maritime Office, NCMS, and ADCO in the UAE and Qatar Civil Aviation, Qatar Coast Guard, Maersk, Qatar Armed Forces, and Shell in Qatar.
This summer, Dr. Malcolm Spaulding became a member of the committee for the Review of the Buzzards Bay Maritime Risk Assessment. This is a technical risk study and evaluation of measures that may reduce the level of potential risk of an oil spill in Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. This area is a major throughway for tank barges transporting oil; since 1969 there have been several tank barge groundings that resulted in the discharge of oil into Buzzards Bay.
At the request of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), this committee will conduct a peer review to evaluate the methodologies and conclusions of the Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment (BBRA). A letter report will be issued in fall 2013.
Dr. Eric Comerma and Tatyana Yanishevsky visited The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) office in Lisbon from September 16-19 to provide training on two of the ASA modeling and response systems they recently acquired.
Dr. Craig Swanson attended the 10th annual Energy Ocean International Conference held in Warwick, Rhode Island on June 10-12. The conference focuses on the latest in offshore wind, wave, tidal, and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technological advances; updates of regulatory issues and policies in the U.S. and internationally; as well as continued development of international standards for the industry.
From June 3-7, Dr. Deb French McCay, Dr. Matt Horn and Dr. Zhengkai Li travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend the AMOP (Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response for preventing, assessing, containing, and cleaning up spills of hazardous materials in every type of environment. The seminar also dealt with solutions for remediating and rehabilitating contaminated sites. Deb gave a presentation entitled "Modeling the M/T Prestige Oil Spill and Alternative Scenarios if Towed to a Port of Refuge."
Tatyana Yanishevsky conducted training on OilmapWeb™ at the Caspian Drilling Company, Israel LTD in Tel-Aviv from April 21-22. In June she went to Valdez, Alaska to provide two days of training on the latest version of OILMAP to Alyeska Pipeline personnel. The training was followed by an oil spill drill conducted by Alyeska employees, contractors and the U.S. Coast Guard.
On May 30, Jeremy Fontenault attended the 2013 Hurricane Conference in Warwick Rhode Island, hosted by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). This year’s conference theme was ‘Back to the Basics’ and included presentations on mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
On September 13, Dr. Matt Horn (second from the right) spoke at the "Fueling Energy, Finance, and Public Service: Collaborative Solutions for Environmental Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Resiliency" conference at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He spoke with and to experts, attorneys, students, and local and federal regulators and legislators.