OSRI Mission

OSRI supports research, education, and demonstration projects that improve understanding and response to oil spills in Arctic and sub-Arctic marine environments.

To achieve the mission OSRI follows a science plan that outlines four goals and topic areas within the goals.


Attain an interdisciplinary understanding of: the fate and effects of spilled oil in Arctic and sub-Arctic marine environments; and the recovery of those environments following a spill.

  • Evaluate short and long-term effects
  • Identify chemical, biological, and physical impacts and consequences
  • Emphasize the nearshore region
  • Identify the impacts of oil spill response options
  • Profile potential impacts from oil spills on the economy, life-style and well-being of communities and resource users


Enhance the ability of oil spill responders to mitigate impacts of spills in Arctic and sub-Arctic marine environments

  • Fill knowledge gaps on behavior of spilled oil
  • Fill knowledge gaps on use and effectiveness of specific mitigation techniques
  • Identify and evaluate new prevention and response technologies


Disseminate information and educate the public on the issues of oil spill prevention, response and impacts

  • Publish scientific and technical results in open literature
  • Brief oil spill responders on OSRI products
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas through workshops and other forums
  • Educate future researchers and responders through K-12 programs, undergraduate internships, and graduate fellowships
  • Convey information to the general public through various media


Partner with other organizations to take advantage of shared funding, facilities, knowledge and experience

  • Collaborate with other partners in achieving a long-term coastal and ocean observing system for Alaska
  • Coordinate with other efforts related to OSRI’s mission.
  • Expand OSRI’s involvement in Arctic research through partnership opportunities.