Great anticipation of the testing of Coastal Contingency Info

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has developed new, digital map solutions to ensure more efficient oil protection actions, “Kystinfo Beredskap” (Coastal Contingency Info). During the SCOPE 2017 exercise, the developers and users were able to explore whether the tool meets the requirements when it really matters.

The time from the discovery of an oil spill until the actual oil protection action at sea and on land has commenced determines the degree of damage to the environment. Previously, a message concerning an oil spillage led to experts having to travel into the field with pen and paper and then process the data using an advanced mapping solution when they returned. At best the action team leaders would receive the information they needed on the same evening, allowing them to prioritise the action areas.

Coastal Contingency Info allows field registration via a mobile unit with an advanced map solution that the action team leaders are able to access immediately. An equivalent solution has also been developed for the public, providing easily accessible information from the NCA’s emergency web in an incident.

The Geodata Service and the Preparedness Centre at the NCA have collaborated with NOFO (The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies) and Avinet to create a new digital tool providing valuable time savings during an oil protection action

See what the map looked like during the SCOPE 2017 exercise:

Ongoing information from the field

The use of Coastal Contingency Info during the SCOPE 2017 exercise enabled both the action team leaders and those following using’s emergency web to follow the incidents and receive ongoing information from the field.

“The latest development of the mapping solution concentrates on putting together data from many sources in the map in close to real time: satellite pictures, data gathered by LN-KYV and others. These are put together like pieces in a puzzle in Coastal Contingency Info,” says senior adviser Silje Berger from NCA.

She explains that environmental data and preparedness data, such as a summary of vessel availability and depots, also form part of this puzzle. Being able to view data from many sources in the same map provides a better understanding of the situation than seeing each piece of information separately.

Better overall understanding

“During the SCOPE 2017 exercise there was much emphasis on trajectory calculations that can now be shown in the same map. This provides opportunities for forward thinking and being in advance of the situation as it develops. In other words: the aim is a better overall understanding for the action team leaders and everyone we cooperate with, which in turn can mean better decisions,” says Berger.

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Helps to limit damage to the environment

Rune Bergstrøm, the action team leader during the exercise, explains that as an action team leader it is very important to have as up-to-date information as possible of the situation in the field. Where is the oil, in what direction is it drifting, what vulnerable areas are affected and which ones can be hit in a short time? Where are the preparedness resources, do we need to move them quickly, or get hold of more resources to take action with?

“An updated summary in a map, including input from the inter-municipal committees for acute pollution, response leader sea and our own function managers, provides the best basis to take the right decisions at the right time. In this way we can prevent and limit the damage to the environment. During the SCOPE 2017 exercise, my experience was that this solution goes a long way towards meeting these requirements,” says Bergstrøm.

Worked under pressure

The manager of the planning and environment section at NCA, Even Widerøe Kristoffersen, can now relax, since in his view Coastal Contingency Info passed the acid test.“

We experienced that in a pressure situation the solution was not a burden but a simplification of the work for our people in the field and this in turn made it less demanding to get a correct picture of the situation at the place of the incident,” says Widerøe Kristoffersen.

See more details about Coastal Contingency Info here:

See what the map looked like during the SCOPE 2017 exercise: ..

Many technical environments at the NCA have contributed to the development of the system:

The Preparedness Centre: the Preparedness Centre, based in Horten, works mainly with environmental, operational and material questions connected to national preparedness against acute pollution. The centre handles the NCA’s first-line emergency preparedness against acute pollution, including supervision and follow-up of pollution incidents.

The Geodata Service: the technical, coordinating responsibility for GIS and geodata within NCA has been delegated to the Geodata Service at the Centre for Transport Planning, Plan and Investigation (TPU), which is a part of NCA South-East, Arendal. The Geodata Service is responsible for the development and operation of the NCA’s common geodata infrastructure (databases, map servers, client solutions, map catalogue and downloading solutions) and follow-up of standardising work, as well as being the contact point for Norway’s digital cooperation and the secretariat for the NCA’s geodata committee.

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