Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Ocean Engineering


Ocean Engineering

First Advisor

Peter Cornillon


An interactive computer model which can be used for marine oil prediction research and as a training tool has been developed. It uses an existing model from the University of Rhode Island which permits tracking of surface as well as entrained subsurface oil. To this are added models of spill cleanup and containment as well as calculations of costs involved for each of the response techniques. The performance of a response is judged in terms of the environmental and aesthetic impact of oil on an area. The model is set up and run for two actual spills in Narragansett Bay as well as several example spills in the Rhode Island area. Outside evaluators have reviewed the model and judged it useful for training and prediction.