Quantitative method for surface oil measurement and recovery based on a new type of low impact skimmer Conference Paper uri icon


  • A method based on a new type of low impact skimmer, an inovacor SurfCleaner, was developed to quantify the mass of oil contained in mesocosm surface slicks. The ability to measure the oil mass of all components led to an average recovery of 98% of spilled oil mixtures in controlled mesoscale pools. The introduction of oil into the water column was minimized and the thickness of the sampled surface layer optimized by adjusting the throughput of the skimmer. To maximize the accuracy of the technique, the recovered mixtures are decanted, and the percentage of water of the resulting oil-water emulsions are factored in the measurement of the recovered oil masses. The technique showed great accuracy and reliability, small improvements could further enhance its accuracy, and possibly made its application even more straightforward. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 23rd Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program, AMOP Technical Seminar (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 6/14-16/2000).

published proceedings

  • Environment Canada Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar (AMOP) Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Tissot, P., Fuller, C., Louchouarn, P., Bonner, J., Dellamea, S., & Bujnoch, D.

complete list of authors

  • Tissot, P||Fuller, C||Louchouarn, P||Bonner, J||Dellamea, S||Bujnoch, D

publication date

  • January 1, 2000 11:11 AM