National Response Capability to Oil Spills: A Systems Approach

Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Andrew V. Baird, J. D. Nyhart

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The purpose of this paper is to describe a systems approach for the formulation of the overall problem of oil spill pollution response in the U.S. This formulation is part of an on-going MIT research project, sponsored by a consortium of government agencies and private organisations. The goal of the project is to create a model intended to be used as a tool for analysis of existing and alternative systems for oil spill response and to predict the economic impact of various response options. The paper discusses alternative objectives and provides a hierarchical framework for decisions for optimal oil spill response in three levels, strategic, tactical and operational. The financial and damage assessment aspects of the problem are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1980
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes
EventOCEANS '80 Conference (IEEE) - Seattle, United States
Duration: 8 Sep 198010 Sep 1980


ConferenceOCEANS '80 Conference (IEEE)
CountryUnited States
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