MARCO and DNREC Co-host an Oil Spill Modeling Webinar Series
On March 24th and 31st, MARCO and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) – Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) co-hosted a webinar series featuring DCMP’s recently completed effort to model the fate and transport of different offshore oil spill scenarios in the Mid-Atlantic and to assess the economic impacts of those spills for Delaware. Both webinars were recorded and are hosted on MARCO’s YouTube channel and linked to DCMP’s website.
This project was part of a 2019 NOAA Project of Special Merit awarded to DCMP to assess what the potential economic impacts to Delaware would be in the event of an offshore oil spill. DCMP worked with the RPS Group (RPS) to model the fate and transport of different oil spill volumes off the Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia coasts. The first webinar titled “Integrated Oil Spill and Transport Modeling,” was held on March 24th.
That modeling effort was used by Industrial Economics, Inc. (IEc) to assess the direct and indirect economic impacts to Delaware including impacts to recreation, commercial fishing, commercial shipping, and response costs. The second webinar titled “Economic Impacts from an Offshore Oil Spill” was held on March 31st.
If you missed this webinar series, you can watch the recordings from the first webinar and second webinar. More detailed information can be found in the oil spill modeling report and economic impacts report.
Credit: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control