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Novel Sensor System for the Early Detection and Monitoring of Offshore Oil Spills

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University of Houston


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Oil System Safety Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Despite the pressing needs, effective detection and quantification of oil spills has not become a technological reality. Current detection methods employ manual identification using routine helicopter surveys, which are severely limited in their efficiency, by weather conditions, cost, and safety considerations The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) requires an efficient, reliable, automated and cost effective method of monitoring for spills, especially given that 90% of the more than 6000 platforms in the GOM are unmanned and unpowered.


Wei-Chuan Shih
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