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Characterization and delineation of oil-in-water at the Scott Inlet seeps through robotic autonomous underwater vehicle technology (149723)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Neil Bose
Company: Memorial University
Start Date: 2023-08-15
End Date: 2023-09-16
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Increased risks of oil spills associated with the offshore oil and gas as well as shipping operations in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans of Canada call for advanced technologies for subsurface data collection. Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology is proposed in this project to help understand oil plume behavior and improve the efficiency of Canada's oil spill response. High-resolution subsurface data provided by AUVs has proven to be more suitable for searching and delineating patchy oil plumes compared with other traditional survey methods. This project aims to address gaps in current AUV technology by considering the realistic behaviour of oil in water and the time-critical nature of disaster response. The project will develop an innovative underwater data collection strategy for AUVs, based on an adaptive sampling approach. Using this approach, an AUV autonomously modifies its mission in real-time based on features of the plumes detected by on-board sensors, resulting in a path concentrated nearby or within the plume and in information-rich areas identified by the sensors. To date, AUV and oil sensing technologies specific to the characteristics of underwater oil spills are still under development. Only a few experiments were done in real oil spill conditions; most in laboratory and mesoscale experiments or with oil proxies, which significantly limits the ability to understand and capture the complexity found in the field. Hence, another key feature of our project is to test our oil detection methods in real oil-in-water ocean environments through field trials near Baffin Island where oil is naturally present in the water. Our project, in partnership with Canadian AUV operators and manufacturers, will result in a substantial step forward in delineation of subsurface oil plumes using AUVs, providing a significant improvement in Canada's oil spill response and underwater artificial intelligence capacity, as well as enhanced knowledge of marine oil contaminants and monitoring.
Persons: 10
Days: 14
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8660 point Scott Inlet Oil seep AUV mission (center)
8661 polygon Scott Inlet Oil seep AUV mission
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Marine-Based Activities
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles 2 5.4m, 1.5m Ocean use and underwater deployment of two autonomous underwater vehicles. 1: Explorer AUV (5.4m long)2: Glider (1.5m long)
Ship 1 67m MV Polar Prince support vessel (67m long), Ex-CCG ice breaker, Sir Humphrey Gilbert.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 2 16 Metric Tons Ship is powered by diesel.AUVs are powered by electric batteries.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Water used and waste will be kept on the vessel.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2022-04-04
Originator: Neil Bose
Public Registry ID: 19798
Document Size: 122.39 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-04
Originator: Neil Bose
Public Registry ID: 19799
Document Size: 122.38 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-04
Originator: Neil Bose
Public Registry ID: 19800
Document Size: 187.42 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-04-14
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 19908
Document Size: 231.09 Kb
2022-04-04 19:55:56, from: Neil Bose
 Please accept our project proposal to the NPC.


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

s3.5.11, s3.3.5.12: Does the proposal consider the development of a transportation and/or communications corridor?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix H: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the code of Good Conduct at all times.