Title: On MODIS Retrieval of Oil Spill Spectral Properties in the Marine Environment
Citation: IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING LETTERS vol. 9 no. 3 p. 398-402
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC59560
ISSN: 1545-598X
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC59560
DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2011.2169647
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: With its two daily acquisitions and the possibility to obtain near-real-time data free of charge, the NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) shows interest- ing potential as a cost-effective supplementary tool for oil spill monitoring in the marine environment. The mechanism behind MODIS oil feature detection, as well as the type of information that might be retrieved, strictly depends on the illumination condi- tions. In the presence of sunglint contamination, MODIS can just locate the oil spill as a sea surface roughness anomaly, in similarity with radar observations, and no additional spectral information can be retrieved. MODIS detection in the absence of sunglint con- tamination however might allow extraction of oil feature spectral properties, which, in turn, may help in oil discrimination and classification. Careful atmospheric correction must be applied. An example of oil spill spectral property extraction from MODIS images is here shown for the Deepwater Horizon accidental oil spill.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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