"Proactively Planning for Extreme Oil Spill Events: A Tactical Response and Evaluation Framework" by Tony Grubesic

Although anthropogenic oil spills vary in size, duration and severity, their broad impacts on complex social, economic and ecological systems can be significant.  Questions pertaining to the operational challenges associated with the tactical allocation of human resources, cleanup equipment and supplies to areas impacted by a large spill are particularly salient when developing mitigation strategies for extreme oiling events.  The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the application of advanced oil spill modeling techniques in combination with a developed mathematical model to spatially optimize the allocation of response crews and equipment for cleaning up an offshore oil spill.  The results suggest that the detailed simulations and optimization model are a good first step in allowing both communities and emergency responders to proactively plan for extreme oiling events and develop response strategies that minimize the impacts of spills.

Tony H. Grubesic is the college professor of policy analytics and the director of the Center for Spatial Reasoning & Policy Analytics, in the College of Public Service & Community Solutions at ASU.

Grubesic's research and teaching interests include geographic information science, transportation, urban health, crime, regional development, environmetrics, public policy evaluation and spatial statistical methods.  He is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed research articles and has secured more than $8.3 million in research funding over the past six years from a variety of agencies, including the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. 

Tuesday, September 19, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Coor 5536