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Oil-Spill Modeling Research At Clarkson Goes Global

Poojitha D. Yapa, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, has been invited to help develop an oil-spill model for Singapore and the Malacca straits. The research will be funded by a grant from the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore. Singapore is the largest port in the world.

The research is a joint project between Clarkson University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). After the initial modeling development at Clarkson, Yapa will hold a workshop on oil-spill modeling in Singapore. The objectives of the workshop are to improve the oil-spill preparedness of the region and to train personnel at NUS for further development of the model.

Upon completion, the model will be used by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore for control and containment of oil spills in case of emergencies. The environmental impact of such situations will be assessed, and contingency plans will be developed.

Yapa has been developing oil-spill models for over 10 years, and has been teaching at Clarkson since 1983. Along with Professor Hung Tao Shen, also of Clarkson's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he has devised oil-spill models that are currently being used by many government and private organizations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Yapa is also developing a comprehensive three-dimensional model under a five-year research grant. It will be used by Japanese government agencies for simulating oil spills from deep-water accidents such as oil-well blow-outs and pipeline fractures.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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