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Sensitivity of offshore seabird concentrations to oil pollution around the United Kingdom: Report to Oil & Gas UK 2016


This report describes the results of a project to update the Seabird Oil Sensitivity Index ('OSI') for the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS), using the best-available data to support the OSI factors and density data. This new index (named the 'Seabird Oil Sensitivity Index' or ‘SOSI’) was produced by HiDef and commissioned by Oil & Gas UK.

The tool includes an improved method to calculate a single measure of seabird sensitivity to oil pollution, and identifies areas at sea where seabirds are likely to be most sensitive to oil pollution. It is intended to be used by a range of stakeholders, including nature conservation, government and industry professionals, for contingency planning for oil pollution and for use in live oil pollution incidents.

The report and its appendices are accompanied by a set of GIS files which provide a GIS version of mapping outputs contained in the report, and a user guide, which explains how to use the GIS files.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2016·04·01

Data collected between 1995 and 2005 were selected from a wide study area beyond the UKCS, using boat-based, visual aerial and digital video aerial survey techniques, to provide a new assessment of the sensitivity of seabird concentrations to oil pollution.

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Use constraints The Seabird Oil Sensitivity Index (SOSI) Update data developed by HiDef and for a Steering Group facilitated by Oil & Gas UK is provided by Oil & Gas UK in good faith to JNCC, but Oil & Gas UK accepts no responsibility for any damage or losses that may arise from use of the SOSI dataset. Copyright in this material rests with Oil & Gas UK, and Oil & Gas UK supports the free distribution of the dataset through JNCC provided it is not marketed, distributed or sold as a commercial product by JNCC or users of the dataset.

Metadata date 2020·04·21

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