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Monitoring of Oil Pollution using Earth Observation Data


Satellite detection of oil spills with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can now provide reasonably reliable information, but in complex coastal environment it is still a major challenge. A lack of understanding may lead to slicks going undetected, or to an unacceptable numbers of 'false positives'. In the past wind shadow, natural slicks, atmospheric and ocean fronts, and rain cells have all been falsely identified as oil. Difficulties are compounded when there is no a priori knowledge of the occurrence, location or timing of a spill, when volumes are small, or when the oil is mixed with water as it enters the sea just the type of oil pollution that is most common.

The main tasks of the project teams within MOPED include:

Detailed knowledge of the study areas in Black and Caspian Seas, makes the consortium ideally suited to undertaking these tasks. Long experience from ocean remote sensing, field experiments and modeling, and a history of past collaboration, means the teams are likely to achieve their objectives through joint effort supported by efficient communication and project coordination.