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Oil spill surveillance planning guidance

November 2021

This new technical support document in the joint IPIECA-IOGP oil spill preparedness and response series has been developed to help operators navigate the steps involved in implementing and maintaining a surveillance programme during a response to an oil spill.
Intended to form the basis of a scalable surveillance strategy for use in a response situation, the guidance describes how a surveillance plan can be developed to support the management of a comprehensive surveillance programme through the collection of accurate and targeted information in a timely manner.
The guidance introduces six activity steps which are fundamental in developing and maintaining a surveillance plan that is aligned to the response objectives and priorities, anticipates the changing needs for response over time, and ensures that response activities are adapted appropriately to serve a variety of purposes, regardless of the size of the incident. The six steps guide the reader through how to:

  • gather information requirements;
  • identify and manage appropriate resources;
  • develop tasking;
  • handle the data inputs; and
  • communicate the gathered information appropriately.

The guidance also includes a series of templates which are intended to form the basis of a surveillance plan; these can be completed at the time of an incident and can be modified and adapted depending on incident needs.

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