Industry and academia are currently busy working together in the Ice Engineering Facility Test Basin at the US Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in New Hampshire. These are the first experiments that compare and contrast the capabilities of a range of above-ice and below-ice sensors to detect oil in ice. The first injection of oil into newly forming slush ice happened on the 5th November 2014.
Recent advances in remote sensing technology are changing the way the industry approaches oil spill detection and mapping. The JIP is funding these studies to capitalise on these advancements as well as to explore the capabilities of existing, proven sensors in this new application.
The research experiments are a partnership between the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) in Cordova Alaska and CRREL. The aim is to test and evaluate the performance of various remote sensing technologies with crude oil on, encapsulated in and under ice, in conditions that include low visibility.