What is SCAT

SCAT (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique) is a systematic approach that uses standard terminology to collect data on shoreline oiling conditions and supports decision-making for shoreline cleanup.

The SCAT survey data is collected by trained SCAT teams usually by using waterproof writing paper and pencils.

The collected data consists of:

  • General section information (weather conditions, shoreline features, overall oiling, etc.)
  • Team members
  • Marine Debris
  • Zones (Surface Oiling Conditions)
  • Samples that have been collected
  • NRDA (Natural resources and values)
  • Other possible waypoints

Previous data is linked to location coordinates and complemented with pictures and video clips.

Collected survey data is usually inputted from SCAT forms to computer databases and systems for further processing and analysis.

Photos: NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

Check the video of SCATMAN tools in action. Click here to watch.