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Application of FTIR Remote Sensing Spectroscopy in Environmental Impact Assessments of Oil Fires



Marc R. Nyden, William L. Grosshandler, Darren Lowe, Richard H. Harris Jr., E Braun


A series of laboratory measurements was conducted to determine the extent to which benzene and other aromatic components are destroyed when crude oil is burned on the open seas. The atmosphere above a pan containing Alaskan North Slope crude oil was monitored with a remote sensing FTIR spectrometer during both evaporation and burning. This data was used in conjunction with gas chromatographic analyses of the oil obtained before ignition and after the fire was extinguished (by covering the pan with a marinite slab) to estimate the C6H6 destruction efficiency of the oil fire. The results of these laboratory measurements are viewed in the context of data collected during mesoscale oil fires conducted at Little Sand Island in Mobile, Alabama.
Proceedings Title
International Specialty Conference Proceedings
Conference Dates
October 11-14, 1993
Conference Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Conference Title
Air and Waste Management Association. Optical Sensing for Environmental Monitoring


oil spills, FT-IR, benzene, environmental effects, spectroscopy, crude oil, evaporation, combustion, sand


Nyden, M. , Grosshandler, W. , Lowe, D. , Harris, R. and Braun, E. (1993), Application of FTIR Remote Sensing Spectroscopy in Environmental Impact Assessments of Oil Fires, International Specialty Conference Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, [online], (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created October 11, 1993, Updated February 19, 2017