Remote oil spill detection and monitoring on ice-covered waters

Polak, Adam and Marshall, Stephen and Ren, Jinchang and Hwang, Byongjun and Hagan, Bernard and Stothard, David J.M. and Rafert, Bruce (2016) Remote oil spill detection and monitoring on ice-covered waters. In: Hyperspectral Imaging and Applications Conference, 2016-10-12 - 2016-10-13, Ricoh Arena.

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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 is proposed as a potential tool to detect the presence of oil beneath the sea ice. A feasibility study project was initiated to explore the detectability of the oil under ice layer. Some preliminary results obtained during this project are discussed.