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Analyses of survey, modelling and remote sensing techniques for Monitoring and Assessment of environmental impacts of submerged oil during oil spill incidents

When a larger part of an oil spill sinks below sea surface, the magnitude of the spill, the fate (transport and weathering) of oil and impact on marine life become difficult estimate and ultimately may remain unnoticed or the cause of damage to marine life may fail to be identified.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To identify needs and constraints of techniques and means for locating and quantifying slicks of patches of submerged oil by reviewing past accidents;

  • To improve capability to locate and quantify submerged oil by testing and refining remote sensing techniques;

  • To provide real-time means to predict trajectories of submerged oil by improving and testing oil drift models;

  • To provide input to guidelines for future mapping of submerged oil.

Project report