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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* 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.