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How Satellites Could Improve Oil Spill Cleanups in the Ocean

By | April 16, 2018

Aerial view of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia.

According to speakers at Interspill 2018 in London, satellites could be a major help for those tasked with cleaning up disastrous oil speaks at sea. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) could provide a wide field of view to capture the breadth of a large oil slick — but it also has its drawbacks, including weak backscattered signal in low wind.

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