Report on Oil Spill Detection and Mapping in Low Visibility and Ice: Surface Remote Sensing

Previous industry-supported research has identified a number of technologies that, under certain conditions, can detect oil on the surface, trapped within and under ice. However, at present our knowl­edge of which sensor (airborne or subsea platforms) will work best under different situations of oil in ice is at an early stage and it is important to expand industry’s capabilities in this area.

The report evaluates the current state of technology and confirms that there are are several technologies that exist today capable of, or having the potential for, effective sensing in a broad range of ice and environmental conditions that would be experienced in the Arctic.