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Development of an oil spill information system combining remote sensing data and surveillance metadata
Author(s): Lars Tufte; Olaf Trieschmann; Philippe Carreau; Thomas Hunsaenger; Peter J. S. Clayton; Ulrich Barjenbruch
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Paper Abstract

The detection of accidentally or illegal marine oil discharges in the German territorial waters of the North Sea and Baltic Sea is of great importance for combating of oil spills and protection of the marine ecosystem. Therefore the German Federal Ministry of Transport set up an airborne surveillance system consisting of two Dornier DO 228-212 aircrafts equipped with a Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR), a IR/UV sensor, a Microwave Radiometer (MWR) for quantification and a Laser-Flurosensor (LFS) for classification purposes of the oil spills. The flight parameters and the remote sensing data are stored in a database during the flight. A Pollution Observation Log is completed by the operator consisting of information about the detected oil spill (e.g. position, length, width) and several other information about the flight (e.g. name of navigator, name of observer). The objective was to develop an oil spill information system which integrates the described data, metadata and includes visualization and spatial analysis capabilities. The metadata are essential for further statistical analysis in spatial and temporal domains of oil spill occurrences and of the surveillance itself. It should facilitate the communication and distribution of metadata between the administrative bodies and partners of the German oil spill surveillance system. A connection between a GIS and the database allows to use the powerful visualization and spatial analysis functionality of the GIS in conjunction with the oil spill database.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5239, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology III, (13 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514021
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Lars Tufte, Federal Institute of Hydrology (Germany)
Olaf Trieschmann, Federal Institute of Hydrology (Germany)
Philippe Carreau, Joint Research Ctr. (Italy)
Thomas Hunsaenger, Federal Institute of Hydrology (Germany)
Peter J. S. Clayton, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)
Ulrich Barjenbruch, Federal Institute of Hydrology (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5239:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology III
Manfred Ehlers; Hermann J. Kaufmann; Ulrich Michel, Editor(s)

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