Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Funding Source: Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State University

Project Overview

Satellite Remote Sensing of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Providing a Context for Shipboard Measurements

Principal Investigator
Louisiana State University
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences


Employ real-time acquisitions of satellite imagery and measurements to map the surface extent of the oil in the region of the subsea plume to provide a context for the in-situ data to be collected and analyzed by LSU researchers. A detailed analysis of changes at the surface should relate to events at depth such as changes in sub-sea currents, volumes of oil, or impacts of dispersants on the oil reaching the surface.  After the leak is plugged, remote sensing data will be needed to assess the motion and degradation of oil.

This research was made possible by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.