Oil spills significantly damage ecosystems and economies, but current detection technology for subsurface oil is labor-intensive, slow and provides limited coverage. Professional canine detection teams have shown in recent experiences that their oil detection capability exceeds the requirements to develop specific operational treatment criteria. In this AGU 2021 media roundtable, researchers will discuss how canines are used in oil spill detection, the search for understanding the chemical properties that allow the canines to work, and how they hope to improve canine training methods for oil detection based on their findings.


Lauryn DeGreeff, Florida International University

Stephanie Vaughan, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Paul Bunker, Chiron K9

Ed Owens, Owens Coastal Consultants

Steven Tuttle, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

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