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Oil Slick/Seep Detection

 

C-CORE has developed a suite of Earth-observation-based capabilities to monitor for oil spills and seeps, and their effects, over a broad geographic area. For routine services, C-CORE uses the latest satellite sensors and archive imagery to map oil spills and seeps. 

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We can:

* Detect seeps and slicks using satellite-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR);

* Discriminate biogenic signatures from oil, using satellite-based optical imagery;

* Discriminate slicks from false identifications using sophisticated pattern-recognition software.

 

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Our most recent research in this area includes:

* Participation in seep detection field trials in the Gulf of Mexico (identifying the sea floor origin of surface slicks);

* Participation in a space agency sponsored study on improvement of SAR slick detection with RADARSAT-2.