Research report: Remote sensing

Industry already has access to a wide range of space, airborne and surface-imaging systems used from a variety of platforms such as satellites, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, drones, vessels and drilling platforms. While these systems were originally developed and tested for the “oil on open water scenario”, it was found that many systems could potentially provide effective sensing in a broad range of ice conditions as well.

The overall goal of the remote sensing portion of the JIP is to expand the industry’s remote sensing and monitoring capabilities in darkness and low visibility conditions, in broken ice and under ice. In the first phase of work to address this goal, the JIP sought state-of-knowledge reports for remote sensing capabilities above and below the ice.

Addressing recommendations from Phase 1, this report covers the second phase of this project and details the laboratory experiments that were carried out, to detect oil using a suite of potential sensors together with a modelling effort to infer how those sensors may perform in the field.