U.S. Coast Guard SMART Team

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kurt Stricklen and crew, members of a Coast Guard Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies (SMART) team, collect oiled water samples in the Gulf of Mexico using the C3 Submersible Fluorometer. The team of specialists in oil-spill and hazardous substance monitoring use state-of-the-art technology to gather samples and field data which help environmental scientists determine the effectiveness of dispersants used to break down oil in the water.