The Arctic Response Technology Joint Industry Programme (ART JIP) was completed in 2017. The research program focused on priority areas where new research and technology development had the best chance of significantly advancing in the near future, the capability to respond to spills in the presence of ice as well as in open water. Research topics were chosen to encompass all the key elements of an integrated offshore response system: In Situ Burning, Dispersants, Remote Sensing, Environmental Effects, Trajectory Modelling, and Mechanical Recovery. The ART JIP was initiated by nine oil and gas companies and the work executed by leading scientific, engineering, and consulting firms across the globe.

The research consolidated a vast amount of existing knowledge in these six key areas to provide a robust and more accessible baseline for future regulators, users and industry representatives concerned with assessing, approving, planning, executing and providing oversight to ensure safe Arctic drilling and production programmes in the future.

The scientific research added a significant new knowledge base to the existing peer-reviewed literature on oil spill impacts, herders and burning, dispersants, remote sensing and trajectory modelling. With this new information, these tools can more confidently take their place as response strategies alongside traditional methods such as mechanical recovery.

As a result of past efforts and now the ART JIP, a range of operationally proven tools is available to suit specific regional environments, seasons, drilling and production programmes. A fundamental objective of the ART JIP was to make all results from the research effort publicly available. The results, findings, and strategic implications have been extensively documented and the results can be found on the ART JIP's legacy website, conference proceedings, and journals.

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