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

Marine Human Activities Seabird Surveys Seabirds


Seabirds are particularly vulnerable to the effects of oil pollution, and in the UK, seabird survey data have been used to predict the location of the most sensitive concentrations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) during different analyses. The methods for combining these data for contingency planning for oil pollution and in the event of a live incident have evolved and improved over a number of years. However, the quantity of data available for such analyses has declined during the last two decades and seabird distribution and abundance at sea has changed, leading to recommendations for a new analysis of the sensitive seabird concentrations to oil pollution using only data collected during the last 20 years.

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. The completed OSI will be made publicly available through a GIS tool”. The report and its GIS companion are designed to be used by a wide range of scientific, nature conservation, government and industry professionals for contingency planning for oil pollution and for use in live oil pollution incidents.

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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Communications, JNCC resourceProvider

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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 2020·01·08

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