In this study fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) measurements are employed for sea oil slick observation. The co-polarised signature is read in terms of sea surface scattering mechanism with and without surface slicks and it is shown to be sensitive to the presence of sea oil slicks. A model, which relates the pedestal of the polarisation signature to the presence of surface slicks, is developed and successfully tested on L-band ALOS-PALSAR, C-band RADARSAT-2 and C-band SIR-C/X- SAR full-polarimetric SAR data. Experiment results show that polarisation signature, and its pedestal height, can be successfully exploited for both observing sea oil slicks and distinguishing them from weak-damping properties look-alikes.

Pedestal height for oil spill observation

NUNZIATA, FERDINANDO;MIGLIACCIO, Maurizio;
2011

Abstract

In this study fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) measurements are employed for sea oil slick observation. The co-polarised signature is read in terms of sea surface scattering mechanism with and without surface slicks and it is shown to be sensitive to the presence of sea oil slicks. A model, which relates the pedestal of the polarisation signature to the presence of surface slicks, is developed and successfully tested on L-band ALOS-PALSAR, C-band RADARSAT-2 and C-band SIR-C/X- SAR full-polarimetric SAR data. Experiment results show that polarisation signature, and its pedestal height, can be successfully exploited for both observing sea oil slicks and distinguishing them from weak-damping properties look-alikes.
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