Oil Spill Detection and Mapping in Low Visibility and Ice

Accurate oil-slick detection and mapping are particularly important for Arctic spills, as oil may be hidden from view under snow and ice during periods of almost total darkness. Conversely, close to 24 hours of daylight in the spring and summer months can in fact help to facilitate the remote sensing and monitoring of spilled oil during breakup and open-water periods. However, fog and low cloud ceilings remain serious impediments, even during summer months.

During freeze- up and through much of the winter, long periods of darkness and numerous variables involving oil type and ice coverage all add to the challenges of detecting, mapping and tracking oil in ice.

The first phase literature study began in winter 2012 and will be complete in Spring 2013.


Data and Resources

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Status: Complete
Start Date: 2012/10/01
Type: Report
End Date: 2013/06/01
Data Types: Report
Primary Contacts
Name: Tony Parkin
Primary Organizations
International Association of Oil and Gas Producers


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