Ennore Port oil spill: Scientists test waters to predict ecolog
CHENNAI: A team of scientists from coastal and ocean monitoring agencies have started work to predict the trajectory of oil spill and its impact on the coastal water and marine eco-system.
The teams will monitor a radius of 30km from the location of the spill for the next few months as the slick can spread in all directions.
A team from Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM), under the ministry of Earth Sciences had collected samples along the coast, from Ennore to Pattinapakkam, in the past two days to assess the nature of the spill.
Another team from Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad is running models to predict the trajectory of the oil on the sea surface in the coming days using parameters like ocean weather and details of the oil. INCOIS had predicted accurately the oil will be beached within seven hours after it spilled.
"The oil has drifted on the sea surface at the rate of eight to 10cm per second since it leaked on early Saturday morning," said, ICMAM scientist.
Water samples will test various parameters including levels of oxygen, pH, nitrate and nitrite and silicate in water as well as the levels of hydrocarbons in the oil. It will then be compared with the data collected from the same location prior to the oil spill.The analysis of the data will give scientists a clear picture of the impact on the water quality and the marine organisms.