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Summary of Proposal OCE2811

TitleInterpretation of oil spill dynamics using TerraSAR-X data
Investigator Li, Xiaoming - Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth
Team Member
Dr. Ren, YongZheng - Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Marine Remote Sensing Department
SummarySpaceborne SAR sensors have demonstrated the great advantage on oil spill monitoring due to the weather and sunlight independence. Most of the previous studies focus on how to identify oil spills from other look-likes in SAR imagery, or develop practical method to detect automatically oil spill. In addition to detecting the oil spill in the ocean, it is considered that spread and drift of oil spill is also of particular importance to the protection of marine environment. We not only need to know whether they are oil spills, but also need to understand the dynamics of oil spill under the forces of marine-meteo parameters, in order to make correct decisions on protection. Therefore, the proposed project aims to investigate the dynamic process of oil spill observed in TS-X image using the SAR data themselves, their derived sea surface wind field, sea surface wave field and model results of sea surface currents. As many archived TS-X data were acquired for oil spill detection in some offshore oil platforms located in the North Sea, Bohai Sea and Gulf of Mexico, it offers a unique opportunity to investigate dynamics of oil spills using TS-X data.

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