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Detection and tracking of offshore platform’s oily slicks in TerraSAR-X imagery

Velotto, Domenico and Li, Xiao-Ming and Jia, Tong and Singha, Suman and Jacobsen, Sven (2017) Detection and tracking of offshore platform’s oily slicks in TerraSAR-X imagery. 2017 Dragon 4 Symposium, 23.-26. Jun. 2017, Kopenhagen, Dänemark.

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Abstract

The pollution of the marine environment due to deliberate discharge of untreated ballast waters is not only an operational procedure done by ships but also by offshore platforms. Although, the amount of oil released into the ocean by the offshore platforms using this procedure on one-time basis is derisory, if compared with the massive spill event in case of platform accidents like the Montara and Deepwater Horizon, the long term damages on the flora and fauna are severe. As the North Sea is characterized by fairly shallow water bathymetry, it has been extensively exploited in the past years for oil extraction and production. By now, it hosts a significant number of offshore installations and therefore the probability of minor leaks is quite high. A large number of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images are being acquired and processed operationally over North Sea platform installations for potential oil pollution using the TerraSAR-X satellite [1]. The ScanSAR and WideScanSAR mode in VV polarization imagery have been preferred due to large coverage and higher oil-water contrast. Among the dataset collected, a constant leakage from the platforms belonging to the Forties oil field has been observed. Thanks the low TerraSAR-X orbit altitude and relatively high latitude location of the Forties oil field, leaks from the same platforms have been observed with temporal interval of less than 13 h. While most previous studies on tracking oil spills assume that the observed slicks by consecutively acquired SAR images are the same and spatial displaced by the drift effect [2], a completely different situation is outlined by the analysis in [3]. By model simulation it is shown that leaks were not start-stop but continuous with only part of the old oil being drifted.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111947/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information:http://dragon4.esa.int/2017-symp/
Title:Detection and tracking of offshore platform’s oily slicks in TerraSAR-X imagery
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Velotto, DomenicoDomenico.Velotto (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8592-0652
Li, Xiao-MingKey Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ChinaUNSPECIFIED
Jia, TongKey Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, ChinaUNSPECIFIED
Singha, SumanSuman.Singha (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1880-6868
Jacobsen, Svensven.jacobsen (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4810-4186
Date:2017
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Series Name:ESA Special Publications
Status:Published
Keywords:detection, tracking, offshore platform, oil slick, TerraSAR-X, SAR, Oceanography
Event Title:2017 Dragon 4 Symposium
Event Location:Kopenhagen, Dänemark
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-26. Jun. 2017
Organizer:ESA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - SAR-Methodology
Location: Bremen , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Deposited By: Kaps, Ruth
Deposited On:29 May 2017 08:53
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:09

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