Oil spill studies continue to evolve. While there are few books on the
topic, there are regular conferences and symposiums which provide
updates. This is the first book on the topic of oil spills for some
time. As such, this book focuses on providing material that is more
practical and somewhat introductory. While every attempt was made to
include the essential material, there may be some gaps. The importance
of many sub-topics changes with time and current spill situations.