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On the exploitation of polarimetric SAR data to map damping properties of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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doi: 10.1080/01431161.2014.905730
Authors:Migliaccio, M.; Nunziata, F.
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Universita degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Naples, Italy
Volume Title:International Journal of Remote Sensing
Source:International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(10), p.3499-3519. Publisher: Taylor & Francis, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0143-1161
Publication Date:2014
Note:In English. 26 refs.; illus.
Summary:A polarimetric scattering model is proposed to exploit quad-polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data to both observe surfactants at sea and provide the first information on the spatial variability of their damping properties. The model is based on the departure from the clean sea surface Bragg/tilted Bragg scattering mechanism. This departure is shown to be a function of the surfactants characteristics, and therefore, it is exploited to map them. Case studies of polarimetric SAR data collected during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico are examined. The approach is robust enough to successfully exploit both L-band airborne and C-band satellite SAR data. This is of paramount importance, even operationally, since it makes this physical approach cross-sensors and, therefore, suitable to exploit all the operational polarimetric missions, thus allowing a denser spatial/temporal coverage.
Subjects:Airborne methods; Case studies; Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Equations; Experimental studies; Helicopter methods; Mechanism; Oil spills; Pollution; Radar methods; RADARSAT; Reclamation; Remote sensing; SAR; Satellite methods; Surfactants; Water pollution; Atlantic Ocean; Gulf of Mexico; North Atlantic; Polarimetric SAR data; Polarimetry; Radarsat-2
Coordinates:N284000 N285500 W0882200 W0884500
Record ID:860076-1
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