THE ISOWAKE-MED EXPERIMENT
ISOWAKE-MED was an experiment of remote monitoring of standard oil spills which was performed in 1981 in the North Sea, West of the Hague. The experiment was aimed at a description of an oil spill monitoring system using side looking airborne radars (SLAR) and UV/IR multispectral procedure followed strictly the international guidelines agreed by NATO/CMSS. The Canadian SAR-580, two RARs and a UV/IR/MSS flew over a controlled 200 lt oil spill arranged along four 1-mile oil wakes. Three types of oil were spilled (Crude, Diesel Fuel Nr.2, Fuel Nr.6). The weather and sea conditions allowed the experimental campaign to be partially successful only, but provided a unique opportunity to have realistic oil spill surveillance conditions. A failure of SAR-580 navigation system limited the results to SAR's and MSS ones only. In spite of that, many useful indications could be drawn on the remote detectability of the various types of oil along after discharge.
Bibliographic Reference: REMOTE SENSING FOR THE CONTROL OF MARINE POLLUTION, PUBLISHED BY PLENUM PUBLISHING CORPORATION, 1984, PP. 423-432.
Record Number: 1989123016500 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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