Raahe 2014

Raahe oil spill

Survey Data from Raahe Oil Spill

You can study the collected survey data from SCATMAN Web Service via the link below.

  1. On the web page select Surveys link from upper left corner under the SCATMAN logo.
  2. Press Search button to display surveys done on Raahe.  A list of surveys will be shown.
  3. View specific survey by selecting blue info icon at the end of the line of the survey.
  4. For each survey you will see a map presenting the start and the end point of the survey. By zooming the  map you can see more detailed presentation of the survey with zones and possible sample, wildlife, etc. observations graphics. You can study these further by selecting an appropriate icon from the map. Alternatively you can study the survey further by selecting Zones, Samples, Wildlife, etc. from the tabs below the Survey. Note that in Raahe case only Zones and Wildlife sections may contain additional material.
  5. By selecting further either a zone icon from the map or  Zones link from menu bar,  you will move to a Zones screen  where you  can  select a zone for a further study. By selecting a zone name from a list you can study the detailed information of the zone. The possible photos linked to the zone are shown at the bottom of the page, and you can view a specific photo  in a separate window by clicking it.
  6. If you select a Wildlife icon from the survey map or under the Wildlife link in a menu bar, you can see a list of wildlife observations done in a survey, and a statistical summary of the these. As with zones, by selecting a name of the wildlife observation you can see further information of it, and possible photo is available at the  bottom of the page. 

An example how to find a photo of a seagull:

        -        Select from Surveys the one done by Yury Sergeev and click info icon. You will move to Survey's general page.

        -        Zoom the map so that zones and icons are visible on the Vesimatala island.

        -        Select the Wildlife icon that is over the Zone line on the map and click it. You will move to Wildlife page with lintu2 selected.

        -        Scroll down the page and you will find a photo of the young seagull. Click the photo for a larger view.


SCATMAN Approach

In Raahe oil spill trial we applied basic SCAT method for forms and surveys. More information on SCAT (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique) can be found from here

Conclusions from the Field Use

Raahe oil spill experience made us confident that mobile tools can help in surveying oil spill damages and in supporting the treatment planning and reponse planning. It is recommendable to use SCATMAN tools already in the first survey phase so that polluted places can be recorded to SCATMAN server as early as possible and cleaning results can be compared later to this early data.
Collected data with location coordinates and additional photos on SCATMAN Web Service provide an effective way to manage and exploit in-field data through the whole treatment period of the oil spill. The advantages of the centralized and in real-time updated data and data visualization will become even more evident in large-scale incidents where oil damages have spread over a large area.

For more information on SCATMAN tools visit here


SCATMAN thanks WWF Finland for their great work at Raahe oil spill and the opportunity to cooperate with them!

For more information on WWF Finland visit WWF.

For more information.

Kenneth Kumenius


Over 15 years experience in environmental planning, environmental impact assessment and information services and education. Was selected as one of 12 global advisers to work with the U.S. government to study the long-term environmental impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Field experience from several international environmental projects in areas like Galapagos, Brazil, Madagascar, Baltic Sea.

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