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MIPM

Marine Induced Polarization Methods for Detection and Mapping of Oil in an Arctic Marine Oil Spill
Including Investigation of Oil Within and Under Broken Ice Fields


Established

2019


Partner

Texas A&M
&
U.S. Corps of Engineers Army Cold Regions Research Laboratories (CRREL)

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Summary

This research project seeks to validate Marine Induced Polarization (Marine IP) as a valuable tool in detecting and potentially characterizing contamination of hydrocarbons in Artic waters, investigate the potential of Marine IP to detect oil in partial ice formations as well as under pack ice, and identify preferred deployment and mechanisms (such as ROVs and AUVs) for characterization. This research effort will test and evaluate the performance of Marine IP which locates and assesses very low percentage polarizable mineral and particle distributions, such as hydrocarbons, in water and ice, and in sediment.

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Researchers

Portrait of Dr. Scott Socolofsky

Principal Investigator

Dr. Scott Socolofsky

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Texas A&M University

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Supporting Investigator

Kari Walker

Principal Oceanographer IntelliSense Marine LLC

Project Co-Investigator

Kevin Hand