Understanding Black Tides

Learning all about current knowledge in terms of response to oil spills

“Understanding Black Tides” presents current knowledge in terms of the behaviour of oil at sea, the organisation put in place to respond to a spill, response means and the medium and long term consequences of an oil spill for the environment and maritime and economic activities.
 It comprises a learning guide and 4 posters designed to raise the awareness of 12 to 18 year olds on the issue of oil spills and their impact on the environment.
 This learning package provides materials for teachers preparing biology, chemistry, geography or economics lessons. The text is illustrated with images, graphs and diagrams. A set of 4 posters accompany the guide and can be used for applied exercises in class.



- Oil:

What is it, transporting oil, oil in our everyday lives

- Pollution:

Black tides, natural discharge

- Sources:

Release on land, oil tanker accidents, operational discharge, surveillance and deterrence, terminals, worksites, platforms

- Impact:

First effects, evolution of oil, pollution at sea, pollution of the shoreline, impact on flora and fauna, factors affecting impact, economic impact

- Response:

Organisational framework, carrying out response, response at sea, response on land, waste disposal

- Rehabilitation:

Public concerns, fate of oil, regaining a natural balance, resuming activities, future prospects.


Available on request, free of charge, at Cedre or for download   application/pdf Understanding black tides




Posters to download

application/pdf Amoco Cadiz the largest ever oil spill

application/pdf Exxon Valdez the most expensive oil spill in history

application/pdf Recent spills around Europe (1991-2002)

application/pdf Oil spills...in ten exclamations

See also

Our website devoted to oil spills provides additional information, videos, animations and a quiz for users to test their knowledge.