Lesson 2: Monitoring Marine Oil Pollution
SAR (synthetic aperture radar) is a well established tool for detecting oil on the sea surface. More recently optical sensors such as MERIS and MODIS are also used, particularly in the subtropics, where cloud is less of a problem than at higher latitudes or along the equator. This lesson uses ASAR and full resolution MERIS data to show how SAR and optical data may be used to to monitor illegal discharge of oil at sea, or to provide information for oil spill clean-up and environmental assessments after accidents.
Level: Intermediate. Requires some knowledge of ocean remote sensing.