Capstone Title

The Management of Oil Spilled in the Coastal Zone

Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Curtis Burney

Second Advisor

Richard E. Dodge

Third Advisor

Bart J. Baca


The management of oil spilled in the coastal zone requires numerous elements of response to work in concert. During an oil spill the coastal zone manager is confronted with many questions that require a timely response. In preparation for a potential spill the manager must know where the potential sources of oil may originate and who is responsible for clean-up •. Additionally, the fate and effects of oil in coastal environments are a necessary component of the decision making process. Efficient response will also require an understanding of all available tools. These tools include detection and surveillance, containment materials, and strategy and mechanical recovery systems. It is the purpose of this paper to examine and clarify the processes, events, and research involved in the management of oil spilled in the coastal zone.

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