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Feasibility study of applying multi-spectral acoustical imaging techniques to estimate physical distribution of oil-derived substances in the water columns in the Alabama Gulf coast and Mobile Bay

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University of South Alabama


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Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Physical Aspects Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

This project would explore and study the feasibility of using acoustical imaging at several distinctive frequencies in the low to high frequency range (25KHz to 500KHz) to generate a multispectral acoustical three-dimensional (3D) imaging data cube, with two spatial dimensions representing the pixels in the covered sea area, while the third dimension will represent the wavelength of the frequencies used. That data could then be used along with a recently developed set of algorithms for multispectral images to detect oil and oil-derived substances either suspended in water or on the seafloor.


Adel Sakla
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