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Monitoring of Oil Spill and Seepage Using Satellite Radars

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University of Miami


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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

After the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil drilling platform at BP's Macondo well exploded and sank on April 20, 2010, a wide range of human resources and technology assets were mobilized in a massive effort to contain and mitigate the effects of this environmental catastrophe. The previous two decades had seen progress in the development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) on satellite platforms for the detection and characterization of oil on the sea surface, but the DWH incident would provide by far the most significant demonstration of its operational utility.


Hans Christian Graber
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