TIP 2 — FATE OF MARINE OIL SPILLS
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The second technical paper released by the ITOPF. Once the oil has been spilled into the sea water it undergoes several chemical and physical changes. Some of those changes lead to the removal of the spilled oil from the sea surface, while other changes cause the oil to persist.
The behavior of the oil in the sea water mainly depends on such important factors as quantity of the oil spilled as well as the initial chemical and physical characteristics, prevailing conditions of the climate and sea, and also if the oil is washed ashore of remains at the surface.
It is very important to properly understand all processes that are involved in all cases and also to know how they interact, altering the composition, nature and behavior of the spilled oil with the course of time. The present document is describing the combined effects of the natural processes that act on the spilled oil - they are collectively referred to as "weathering".
The factors normally determining if the oil will remain on the water surface or not have been considered with the related implications for the response operations. The information provided in this booklet will be interesting to the people directly involved in planning and conducting cleanup operations at sea. and is therefore highly recommended.
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