|When oil spill response teams are dispatched to the scene of an oil spill it is critical they have the proper instrumentation to monitor the areas of contamination and the effectiveness of dispersants and burning techniques. The Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies (SMART) protocol was developed to guide responders identifying and mapping very low concentrations of Crude Oil originating from spills in natural waters. In early 2010, the Turner Designs C3 Submersible Fluorometer was selected as the new standard for the SMART protocol together with a specialized instrumentation and mapping system. This system provides responders and government agencies a powerful, reliable and easy-to-use platform to collect and process oil spill data. You can learn more about the SMART protocol at the link below:
Researchers who are not conducting SMART operations, but still interested in monitoring natural waters for the presence of Hydrocarbons, can use a C3 Submersible Fluorometer in a stand-alone configuration or with a mapping system such as ArcGIS. Turner Designs includes a free plug-in module for ArcGis 10.0 and 10.1 as part of our C-FINS package. The C-FINS package is not interchangeable with SMART and should not be considered a substitute. More information on the Turner Designs C-FINS package can be found here.