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Call for abstracts

International Oil Spill Science Conference (IOSSC) 2022 is now ready to receive abstracts for its convening in Halifax, Canada on October 4-7, 2022. Prospective authors are kindly invited to submit their original works in all aspects of oil spill science for presentation. Full text is not required. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Contingency planning, preparation, and prevention
    • Risk assessments
    • Pre-incident spill/baseline monitoring
    • Regional response planning
    • Spill science and response training
  • Emerging oil spill response challenges
    • Subsurface and deep-water releases
    • Submerged and sunken oil
    • Spills in Arctic and harsh weather conditions
    • Response to unconventional products (e.g., dilbit, Low Sulphur Fuel Oils) 
  • Spill identification, detection/surveillance, visualization and monitoring
    • Oil spill environmental forensics 
    • Development and application of oil sensors
    • Remote sensing
    • Monitoring and modeling oil plume behavior  
  • Response technologies and countermeasures
    • Oil containment and recovery  
    • Spill treating agents (e.g., dispersants, surface-washing agents)
    • In-situ burning
    • Oil translocation
    • Oil spill waste management and disposal
    • Natural attenuation and bioremediation 
  • Breakdown and transport of hydrocarbons
    • Oil weathering and its influence on fate and transport
    • Oil droplet formation/transport/fate and oil-particle interactions
  • Consequences of oil spills and clean-up operations
    • Biological effects of oil (exposure risk, toxicity, population/ecosystem level impacts) and spill response countermeasures
    • Public health, socioeconomic and ecosystem service impacts 
  • Restoration and recovery
    • Application of Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA)/ Spill Impact Mitigation Assessment (SIMA) for selection response option(s)
    • Monitoring restoration strategy success and site recovery
    • Database management, data analysis, modelling and decision support tools
    • Natural Resource Damage Assessments
  • Case studies and lessons learned
    • Spills of opportunity and field trials
  • Science communications and outreach
    • Technology transfer
    • Stakeholder and indigenous engagement
    • Building research partnerships, collaborations and networks  

The deadline to submit an abstract is extended to July 12, 2022.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All co-author names and affiliations should be included with the abstract submission, and the presenting author must be clearly identified. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and the decisions on acceptance will be sent to authors by the end of July.

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