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Aerial observation of oil spills at sea

February 2015

Revision 2016

This Good Practice Guide is based on the Aerial Observation of Oil Pollution at Sea Operational Guide developed by CEDRE, and provides guidance on the identification and observation of spilled oil at sea. The document explains the principles of aerial reconnaissance, as well as developing a mission profile and estimating oil types, thicknesses and quantities from the air. Guidance is provided on calculating drift and preparing pollution reports, as well as guiding response vessels from an observing aircraft.

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