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A guide to oiled shoreline assessment (SCAT) surveys

January 2014

Revision 2016

Despite the best intentions of an on-water response to an oil spill at sea or in a river, the likelihood is that at least some of the spilled oil will eventually reach the shoreline. When shoreline impact occurs, or is likely to occur, shoreline assessment is a critical component of the response programme and provides essential information for setting objectives, priorities, constraints and end points for an effective shoreline response. The document explains why how an effective shoreline assessment programme supports the planning, decision making and implementation process for a shoreline response, and how the key components of shoreline surveys are integrated into the data generation, decision making, and implementation/closure stages of a shoreline response programme.

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