Preliminary testing of chemical herding agents to thicken oil slicks among loose pack ice for the purpose of in situ burning has been completed. Following encouraging results obtained from these initial tests, further research is being conducted including verifying field experiments.
The activity in this task is based on the following previous work:
Since the results of these meso-scale tests are encouraging as the results of the small-scale tests, the next logical step is field tests in lower concentrations of pack ice. Field tests are critical to proving the concept since even the largest test tanks have walls that seriously restrict the time scale over which herder experiments can be conducted.
LAST NEWS: Field test (100 to 700 litres) were performed on Svalbard in May 2008 and uncontained burning was succesfuly performed at low ice coverage and in open water. See pictures on front page.