Work package 3 – Oil Spill Remote Sensing

The objective of this work package is to develop accurate remote sensing information retrieval techniques for reliable oil slick detection and characterization, and to improve modeling of oil behavior and fate in sea ice covered waters. Within this WP CIRFA develops algorithms for:

  • Detection and characterization of oil spills on open water
  • Detection and characterization of oil spills in sea ice.

SAR is the main sensor for detection and characterization of oil on open water. Due to a variation of oil distribution in sea ice depending on season and ice type, a suit of sensors is likely to prove advantageous in Arctic conditions. In this WP, CIRFA carry out research on multiple remote sensing sensors (such as PolSAR and optical systems) acquired by various platforms (such as satellite, aircraft, and RPAS).

Knowledge of the physical mechanisms of hydrocarbon spills in sea ice causing scattering, absorption and emission of electromagnetic signals is required to develop the information retrieval algorithms based on the remote sensing data. This involves understanding the fundamental science of the oil’s behaviour through observations and modelling. Within this WP, CIRFA takes part in and collects data through large-scale experiments and fieldwork dealing with both oil on open water and oil in sea ice.

WP3Photo left: Stine Skrunes Images: MDA/KSAT

WP3 members

Malin Johansson

Researcher, WP3 leader, WP6 co-leader, UiT

Using satellite images to study Arctic sea ice and oil spills

Dr. Christian Petrich

WP3 co-leader, Norut Narvik
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Cathleen Jones

Adjunct Professor

Katalin Blix

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Muhammad Asim

PhD Fellow

Optical Remote Sensing for Water Quality Parameters Retrieval in the Barents Sea

Megan O’Sadnick

PhD fellow, Norut Narvik

Ice in Norwegian Fjords: Formation, breakup and implications for oil spill response activities

Cornelius Quigley

Post Doc, UiT

Determination of the Dielectric Properties of Marie Surface Slicks Using Synthetic Aperture Radar

Ulf Klevstad

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