Project description

The Jan. 14 sinking of the tanker Sanchi was the worst oil shipping disaster in decades, causing concern that water contaminated by the cargo of toxic condensate oil and the ship’s fuel oil could reach as far as Japan or South Korea. The project informs the a broad audience of how the oil spill can spread and the potential damage it could cause.

What makes this project innovative?

The project uses a variety of visual techniques and informs in a narrative way to walk readers through the information.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The project was widely circulated on social media and pick up by other news organisations.

Source and methodology

Dat for the drift model for the oil particle trajectories were from researchers from The National Oceanography Centre and University of Southampton to create the simulation that showed where the oil would drift over a period of time. Data was combined with information on protected areas, coral reefs and fishing activity to provide context on the potential environment impact.

Technologies Used

HTML, CSS, Javascript, QGIS, Illustrator and Photoshop were used to develop the project.

Project members

Simon Scarr, Jin Wu, Weiyi Cai


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