New tool for fast and efficient oil spill response at sea

Press release 2020-10-13 at 9:00

Press release of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and Aarhus University

Oil spill in-situ burning. © Photo: Lars Poort

A new, free tool for oil spill response at sea is now available online for authorities and local response units. The aim of the tool is to minimize environmental impacts of oil spills in the Arctic and around the world. The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and Aarhus University have cooperated in the GRACE project to create a new planning tool to protect the sea.

The Environment & Oil Spill Response (EOS) tool can support decisions of inclusion of mechanical recovery, in situ burning and chemical dispersants in national oil spill contingency plans. Although developed with focus on the Arctic, the tool is generic and can be applied for any specific assessment area in the world wherever a risk of oil spill may be present.

Online interactive spreadsheet and handbook

The EOS tool consists of an interactive spreadsheet and a handbook. They both can be found on the EOS webpage of Aarhus University for free download. It is also possible to contact and give feedback to the scientists behind the response tool.

The EOS tool can be used for cross-border coordination of oil spill responses of the different involved countries. It can also serve as platform to decide on oil spill response capacity and expertise building.

Besides coordination of response activities, it is also possible to use the EOS tool in connection with specific oil exploration and exploitation activities such as contingency planning, risk assessments and identification of knowledge gaps.

The EOS oil spill response tool concludes the work of the EU-funded GRACE project

The EOS tool was developed during the EU Horizon 2020 funded project GRACE, coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. Aarhus University in Denmark was responsible for the development of the EOS tool.

The GRACE project – concerning integrated oil spill response actions and their environmental effects – was implemented from 2016 to 2019 and focused on developing, comparing and evaluating the effectiveness and environmental effects of different oil spill response methods in a cold climate. Furthermore, the project is developed real-time observation of underwater oil spills.

More information:

Work package leader Susse Wegeberg, tel. +45 30 183 118, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark,,

GRACE project coordinator Kirsten Jørgensen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, tel. +358 295 251 245, [kirsten.jorgensen]

Communications Specialist Katri Haatainen, tel. +358 295 251 135, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE,

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