Decision support tools for oil spill response (OSR-DSTs): Approaches, challenges, and future research perspectives

Zhaoyang Yang, Zhi Chen, Kenneth Lee, Edward Owens, Michel C. Boufadel, Chunjiang An, Elliott Taylor

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Marine oil spills pose a significant threat to ocean and coastal ecosystems. In addition to costs incurred by response activities, an economic burden could be experienced by stakeholders dependent on coastal resources. Decision support tools for oil spill response (OSR-DSTs) have been playing an important role during oil spill response operations. This paper aims to provide an insight into the status of research on OSR-DSTs and identify future directions. Specifically, a systematic review is conducted including an examination of the advantages and limitations of currently applied and emerging decision support techniques for oil spill response. In response to elevated environmental concerns for protecting the polar ecosystem, the review includes a discussion on the use of OSR-DSTs in cold regions. Based on the analysis of information acquired, recommendations for future work on the development of OSR-DSTs to support the selection and implementation of spill response options are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112313
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution


  • Cold regions
  • Decision support tool
  • Oil spill model
  • Oil spill response
  • Risk assessment


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