Webinar – ExxonMobil Oil Spill Response Knowledge Transfer – “Why Science matters: How Decision Makers use Science during Incident Response”, hosted by Ed Levine, 2nd May 2023

ExxonMobil Oil Spill Response Knowledge Transfer Webinar 16

Please join the EM OSR Knowledge Transfer Webinar series – Webinar 16 that will be held on May 2, 2023. Webinar 16 will be a roundtable discussion with USCG Incident Commanders, hosted by Ed Levine. Details are shown below.

Why Science Matters: How Decision-Makers Use Science During Incident Response



Adm. Peter Gautier (USCG)

Adm. Meredith Austin (USCG, Ret.)

Capt. Roger Laferriere (USCG, Ret.)



Ed Levine (NOAA, Ret.)


Session Summary:

Join us for this panel discussion hosted by a senior science advisor talking with three seasoned US Coast Guard Incident Commanders who will share their views and experiences dealing with incidents (large and small) and how science impacted the outcomes. They will discuss the activities and information delivered through the Incident Command System which provides Incident Commanders, the ultimate decision-makers, the data needed to move a response forward. With the end goal of response activities to restore the situation, as expeditiously as possible and without doing additional harm, these senior response professionals will discuss how science translates into decision-makers totality of response to an event. Incident command applies to incidents beside oil spills such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, chemical release, etc. – all dealing with critical competition for resources. The effects of outside pressures and public perceptions will be addressed. A 15-minute Question & Answer session will follow.


The ExxonMobil Oil Spill Response Knowledge Transfer Webinar series is a monthly webinar to allow highly experienced OSR experts to share their knowledge to attendees. The webinar series will provide a platform to communicate, transfer, and preserve OSR knowledge, and to share insights and perspectives from industry, academia, oil spill responders, and other oil spill response experts.


Please note that the webinar series are recorded, and the previous recordings are posted at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5-xnKVew34ZbOGOB_EC7JXSlscXEC7BV.


The webinar series started in August 2021 and continued every first Tuesday of the following months. We intend to continue the webinars indefinitely depending on response and our ability to schedule appropriate speakers. To receive the link and other joining info, please send an email to Lin Zhao at: [email protected]. Note that there is still room for more participants so feel free to forward this invite to others but ask that potential attendees RSVP Lin Zhao to get on the distribution list.

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