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Radar detection of surface oil accumulationsThe United States Coast Guard is developing AIREYE, an all weather, day/night airborne surveillance system, for installation aboard future medium range surveillance aircraft. As part of this program, a series of controlled tests were conducted off southern California to evaluate the oil slick detection capabilities of two Motorola developed, side looking radars. The systems, a real aperture AN/APS-94D and a synthetic aperture coherent on receive (COR) were flown over the Santa Barbara Channel on May 19, 1976. Targets imaged during the coincident overflights included natural oil seepage, simulated oil spills, oil production platforms, piers, mooring buoys, commercial boats and barges at other targets. Based on an analysis of imagery from the coincident radar runs, COR provides better detection of natural and man made oil slicks, whereas the AN/APS-94D consistently exhibited higher surface target detection results. This and other tests have shown that active microwave systems have considerable potential for aiding in the detection and analysis of surface oil accumulations.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Estes, J. E.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Oneill, P.
(California Univ. Santa Barbara, United States)
Wilson, M.
(California Univ. Santa Barbara, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1980
Publication Information
Publication: Radar Geol: An Assessment Rept. of the Radar Geol. Workshop
Subject Category
Environment Pollution
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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