Title

Remote Sensing Assessment of Oil Spills Near a Damaged Platform in the Gulf of Mexico

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2018

Keywords

Oil spill, Optical remote sensing, Taylor Energy, MC-20, Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.09.004

Abstract

An oil platform in the Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC-20) site was damaged by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. In this study, we use medium- to high-resolution (10-30 m) optical remote sensing imagery to systematically assess oil spills near this site for the period between 2004 and 2016. Image analysis detects no surface oil in 2004, but ~40% of the cloud-free images in 2005 show oil slicks, and this number increases to ~70% in 2006-2011, and > 80% since 2012. For all cloud-free images from 2005 through 2016 (including those without oil slicks), delineated oil slicks show an average oil coverage of 14.9 km

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 136, p. 141-151

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