1st Edition

Oil Spill Impacts Taxonomic and Ontological Approaches

Edited By Yejun Wu Copyright 2016
    304 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press


    Starting with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident, Oil Spill Impacts: Taxonomic and Ontological Approaches chronicles a timeline of events that focus on the impact of oil spills and provides an understanding of these incidents using a number of approaches. The book includes an interdisciplinary oil spill taxonomy, an oil spill topic map, and highlights information–organization tools, such as indexes, taxonomies, and topic maps that can be used to connect information resources with concepts of interest.

    The topic map combines the function of ontology with the function of organized information resources, and contains thousands of concepts and their relationships extracted from approximately 300 documents stemming from various academic conference presentations, journal articles, news reports, and web pages.

    Divided into four parts, the book begins with a brief introduction of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill events followed by a breakdown of the taxonomy concepts distributed into categories and their subcategories. The book then describes the oil spill topic map separated by concepts, relationships, and references.

    This interdisciplinary reference provides to its readers:

    • The perspective of multiple disciplines instead of just one discipline
    • An indication of the most important topics in the oil spill domain
    • Developed research in the oil spill and oil drilling areas
    • A broad and detailed view of oil spill issues

    The book serves students, teachers, and researchers interested in oil spill issues, oil spill incidents, and addresses their impacts that involve coastal and marine environmental sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, disaster management, geology, sociology, and government policy.

    Yejun Wu
    Deepwater Horizon Circle of Life and Death
    Judith Sylvester
    Oil Spill Taxonomy
    Yejun Wu, David J. Dunaway, and Amanda Lehman
    Oil Spill Topic Map: Concepts, Relationships, and References
    Yejun Wu, Amanda Lehman, and David J. Dunaway
    Oil Spill Research Information Resources


    Yejun Wu earned his PhD in information studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2008. He was an information analyst and associate research professor at the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. His research areas include information retrieval systems and knowledge organization systems. He has been a program committee member and reviewer of several international conferences and workshops in his field. He serves on the editorial board of Online Information Review and The Electronic Library.

    "… extremely valuable to students and novices in the oil spill community."
    —Dr. Carl E. Brown, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Quebec

    "… an entirely new approach to the study of oil spill effects on the environment. The approach is a unique approach using a system of taxonomy and ontology to describe the effects of oil spills."
    —Merv Fingas, Spill Science, Alberta, Canada

    "For those involved with oil spills in the coastal marine environment, this book is an essential reference. The amount of time and experience that went into its compilation must have been enormous. The book should thus be flagged as a must have for those charged with dealing with aspects of oil spills, whether working in government and private industry. The Deep Horizon incident is ample proof that such a book was much needed in 2010. Thanks to the efforts of these tireless researchers, considerable information has been collated in a useful manner. This book is thus highly recommended as an essential, practical guide for addressing oil-spill impacts."
    Journal of Coastal Research, September 2016

    "…an extremely useful reference for all those interested in the topic for whatever reason."
    Chromatographia, September 2016