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Airborne remote sensing for Deepwater Horizon oil spill emergency response
Author(s): Robert T. Kroutil; Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis; David P. Miller; John Cardarelli; Mark Thomas; Timothy Curry; Paul Kudaraskus
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Paper Abstract

On April 28, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) aircraft was deployed to Gulfport, Mississippi to provide airborne remotely sensed air monitoring and situational awareness data and products in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. The ASPECT aircraft was released from service on August 9, 2010 after having flown over 75 missions that included over 250 hours of flight operation. ASPECT's initial mission responsibility was to provide air quality monitoring (i.e., identification of vapor species) during various oil burning operations. The ASPECT airborne wide-area infrared remote sensing spectral data was used to evaluate the hazard potential of vapors being produced from open water oil burns near the Deepwater Horizon rig site. Other significant remote sensing data products and innovations included the development of an advanced capability to correctly identify, locate, characterize, and quantify surface oil that could reach beaches and wetland areas. This advanced identification product provided the Incident Command an improved capability to locate surface oil in order to improve the effectiveness of oil skimmer vessel recovery efforts directed by the US Coast Guard. This paper discusses the application of infrared spectroscopy and multispectral infrared imagery to address significant issues associated with this national crisis. More specifically, this paper addresses the airborne remote sensing capabilities, technology, and data analysis products developed specifically to optimize the resources and capabilities of the Deepwater Horizon Incident Command structure personnel and their remediation efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7812, Imaging Spectrometry XV, 78120E (24 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863258
Show Author Affiliations
Robert T. Kroutil, Dynamac Corp. (United States)
Sylvia S. Shen, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Paul E. Lewis, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (United States)
David P. Miller, TASC, Inc. (United States)
John Cardarelli, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Mark Thomas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Timothy Curry, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Paul Kudaraskus, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7812:
Imaging Spectrometry XV
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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