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

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Houston

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Texas

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2013

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Infrastructure

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.

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Project ID: 212
Project Name: Novel Sensor System for the Early Detection and Monitoring of Offshore Oil Spills
SourceUID: 225
Latitude: 29.72300927
Longitude: -95.34435468
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Texas
County: Harris
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Oil System Safety Research
Additional Project Action(s):
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Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Infrastructure
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2015
Implementing Organization: University of Houston
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Wei-Chuan Shih
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 713-743-4454
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 740268
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 740268
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2013
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0