Wildlife Risk Assessment and Response Capacity in the Pacific Northwest

Response to an oil spill involving wildlife can be challenging in the Pacific Northwest. The terrain, weather and remoteness of many locations are all elements to be considered when determining an effective response strategy. A goal of a wildlife response team is to be as prepared as possible when responding to an incident. The animals present at any particular time depend on factors such as migration, breeding, and food abundance. Using existing studies, environmental sensitivity maps and novel research, we will enable the best wildlife response at a given time of year at a given location. The aim is to develop a risk assessment model specific to wildlife and faunal movement on the coast of British Columbia. If it is known what animals and conditions to expect at the location of the spill, wildlife response equipment supplies and personnel can be selected more precisely.

Tracy Anderson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Sherri Cox
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