Monitoring of Oil Spill and Seepage Using Satellite Radars

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Miami

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: Multiple States

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 Community and Human Health Petroleum

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.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Bowdoin College

Project ID: 220
Project Name: Monitoring of Oil Spill and Seepage Using Satellite Radars
SourceUID: 230
Latitude: 25.72163144
Longitude: -80.27928063
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, ME
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Oil System Safety Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Community and Human Health
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2015
Implementing Organization: University of Miami
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Hans Christian Graber
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 305-421-4952
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Bowdoin College
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): 800000
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 : 800000
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2013
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0