The European approach to the source identification of oil spills: A study of its specificity and reliability

Stephen Grigson, Gordon Baron

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    Abstract

    A wide range of oil fingerprinting techniques has been applied to the problem of producing reliable forensic evidence for use in court cases in which suspected polluters are to be prosecuted. Many of these methods lack specificity, i.e., they are unable to distinguish crude oils with similar chemical compositions, as may be the case with oils originating from fields within the same geographical area. Further more, the fingerprints obtained are affected by weathering processes that change the chemical composition of the pollution sample (and hence the fingerprint).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005
    Pages2685-
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event2005 International Oil Spill Conference - Miami Beach, FL, United States
    Duration: 15 May 200519 May 2005

    Conference

    Conference2005 International Oil Spill Conference
    Abbreviated titleIOSC 2005
    CountryUnited States
    CityMiami Beach, FL
    Period15/05/0519/05/05

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