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.