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Remote oil spill detection and monitoring beneath sea ice

Polak, Adam and Marshall, Stephen and Ren, Jinchang and Hwang, Byongjun (Phil) and Hagan, Bernard and Stothard, David J. M. (2016) Remote oil spill detection and monitoring beneath sea ice. In: The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium, 2016-05-09 - 2016-05-13.

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The spillage of oil in Polar Regions is particularly serious due to the threat to the environment and the difficulties in detecting and tracking the full extent of the oil seepage beneath the sea ice. Development of fast and reliable sensing techniques is highly desirable. In this paper hyperspectral imaging combined with signal processing and classification techniques are proposed as a potential tool to detect the presence of oil beneath the sea ice. A small sample, lab based experiment, serving as a proof of concept, resulted in the successful identification of oil presence beneath the thin ice layer as opposed to the other sample with ice only. The paper demonstrates the results of this experiment that granted a financial support to execute full feasibility study of this technology for oil spill detection beneath the sea ice.