Oil pollution...

one of the biggest news stories of the year.

In the Gulf of Mexico many methods were both suggested and tried  to stop the leak on Deepwater Horizon. Remotely operated underwater vehicles were used to close the blowout preventer valves on the well head. A containment dome was placed over the leak. Heavy drilling fluids were pumped into the blow-out preventer. Capturing the leaking oil and storing it in barrels was also attempted.

Several methods are available to clean up the oil once the spill or leak has occurred:  biological agents, dispersants which act as detergents, and booms to reduce the pollution of shorelines. 

As well as stopping oil leaks and spills and cleaning them up, detection methods are also important. You can visually see some oil spills but increasingly remote sensing by satellites is used for detection with techniques such as synthetic aperture radar being used.

Inspec covers many of the aspects of oil pollution control. Listed below are thesaurus terms and classification codes that would be useful when searching for the various aspects.


Inspec Thesaurus terms

Crude oil
Marine accidents
Marine pollution
Mater pollution measurement  
Mobile robots
Offshore installations
Oil drilling
Oil pollution
Oil technology
Remotely operated vehicles
Remote sensing by radar
Synthetic aperture radar
Underwater vehicles 

Inspec Classification codes

A8670EWater (environmental science)
A8670LMeasurement and control techniques and instrumentation in environmental science
A9220NPollution of the oceans
A9330RRegional seas (including the Gulf of Mexico)
B7710DOceanographic and hydrological techniques and equipment
B7720Pollution detection and control
C3260Actuating and final control devices
C3310EControl applications in mining, oil and natural gas technology
C3360JMarine system control
C3390CMobile robots
E0230Environmental issues
E1550Control technology and theory
E2110ZOther structures
E2130Fluid mechanics and aerodynamics (mechanical engineering)
E2200Mechanical components systems and devices
E3020Mining, oil drilling and natural gas industries