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NOAA Releases CAFE Software to Predict Aquatic Fate and Effects Following Chemical, Oil, and Dispersant Releases

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration recently made its Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects (CAFE) database software available to the public. This software can be used to estimate the aquatic fate and effects for thousands of different chemicals, oils, and dispersants. The program can be downloaded and run on either Mac or Windows platforms. CAFE has two modules: (1) the Aquatic Fate module, that can be used to predict how a particular chemical will behave in the environment using data such as chemical properties; and (2) the Aquatic Effects (toxicity) module, which estimates the compound’s potential toxicity to various species (e.g., fish, crustaceans, mollusks, coral).

A copy of the free software can be downloaded here.