Skip to main content

Arctic Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique (SCAT) Manual

Arctic Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique (SCAT) Manual

Region: Circumpolar Arctic
Project Period: 2000 / 2004
Funding: Canada and US

Brief: SCAT surveys – now an integral component of oil spill response – are used to provide a spatial or geographic picture of the regional and local oil conditions, i.e., an understanding of the nature and extent of shoreline oiling that is critical to the development of an effective response. The information is provided in a format that can be interpreted easily, and applied by planners and decision-makers. The Arctic SCAT Manual: A Field Guide to the Documentation of Oiled Shorelines in Arctic Environments presents a standardized approach to collecting and documenting real-time data on oil and shoreline conditions. The manual is consistent with earlier SCAT manuals; however, it has been technically expanded to address: unique arctic shoreline types; the character of various forms of snow and shore-zone ice in arctic or other old-climate regions during winter months; and the behaviour of oil and the activities of SCAT teams in these environments. In addition, a First Responders Guide is included for use by local inhabitants during the initial phase of an assessment. The manual is printed on waterproof paper and is illustrated with colour photo job aids. It is intended that the Arctic SCAT Manual will form the basis for the preparation and delivery of training courses in northern communities on its use. It is anticipated that the manual will be translated into Russian.

Copies are available for $25.00 CAD (includes GST and world-wide shipping) from either:

Environment Canada, Prairie and Northern Region
Environmental Protection Branch, Northern Division
Suite 301, 5204 50th Avenue, Yellowknife, NT, Canada X1A 1E2
Tel: +1-867-669-4725 Fax: +1-867-873-8581

or

Environment Canada, Envi ronmental Technology Centre
Emergencies Science and Technology Division, Western Office
Suite 200, 4999 – 98th Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6B 2X3
Tel: +1-780-951-8855 Fax: +1-780-495-2615

Full Citation: Owens, Edward H., and Gary A. Sergy (2004). The Arctic SCAT Manual: A Field Guide to the Documentation of Oiled Shorelines in Arctic Environments. Environment Canada, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 172 pages.

The SCAT Manual completes much of the work identified within the oil and gas field in the original EPPR Environmental Risk Assessment (1998). The manual is the latest in a series of products: the Analysis of the Adequacy and Effectiveness of Existing Arrangements and Agreements (2000); the Field Guide for Oil Spill Response in Arctic Waters (1998); the Circumpolar Map of Resources at Risk from Oil Spills in the Arctic (2002); and the emergency chapter of two PAME guidelines (Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines [1997, updated in 2002] and the Guidelines for the Transfer of Refined Oil and Oil Products in Arctic Waters [2004]).