SCAT Field Guide
This Field Guide is intended to be used by anyone seeking an overview of the strategic and technical aspects of Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT). Included within, is information on the key steps of SCAT; from how to prepare for shoreline surveys, through to how to conduct and document these surveys.
SCAT requires a good knowledge of the environment in and around where the oil spill has occured. To ensure a SCAT programme is successful, it is important to:
- Seek and adhere to advise on health and safety aspects of all oil spill response
- Prepare and train to reduce predicted risks
- Understand standard terminology
- Collect and document shoreline conditions in a clear and concise manner
- Select and advise on the response strategy most suitable to the environment and oiling conditions, always applying Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA)
- Ensure communication is effective amongst all parties
- Where available, seek and apply advice and input from local experts.