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Monitoring of Oil Spill and Seepage Using Satellite Radars

Implementing Organization

University of Miami

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$800,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

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.

Contact

Hans Christian Graber
305-421-4952
hgraber@rsmas.miami.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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