Model of Impact of Dilbit and Oil Spills in the Salish sea (MIDOSS)

By January 17, 2021January 26th, 2021No Comments
Institution: University of British Columbia
Theme: Human activity
Area of Vulnerability: Coastal communities, Marine ecosystems/living resources

Principal investigator

Susan Allen, University of British Columbia


Stephanie Chang, Haibo Niu


Cycle II, Co-funded by Ocean Networks Canada

The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline will bring a more than six-fold increase in the number of tankers transiting the Salish Sea, and they will be carrying diluted bitumen (Dilbit). This research project will improve scientific knowledge and tools to support evidence-based planning both in preparation for, and in response to, an oil spill.

The results of the research will be used by stakeholders, including Canadian Coast Guard (CHS) in products for ship pilots (accident prevention); near surface current model improvements to the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) for operational implementation; weathering algorithms for Dilbit to improve the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) COSMoS model; and oil spill exposure products to local governments to facilitate more effective risk communication and emergency preparedness planning.