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The European Unions 5th Environmental Action Plan targets prevention of pollution in marine waters with particular emphasis on prevention at origin. Specific actions related to this focus on environmental harm from shipping and surveillance of certain areas with appropriate monitoring techniques. Satellite imagery can help greatly in this field, identifying probable spills over very large areas and then guiding aerial surveys for precise observation of specific locations. In this framework of SAI's Coastal Monitoring & Management (COAST) project concerning oil spills and pollutants detection in marine waters, SAI's gonimeter facility has been proposed for use in experiments to differentiate the spectral signatures of various pollutants in marine waters in the optical and IR wavebands. Although the possibilities offered by the gonimetric facility have been quite well exploited in terrestrial surfaces, both natural nad man-made, experiments involving quite well exploited on terrestrial surfaces, both natural and man-made, experiments involving liquid bodies have not been performed to date. Before starting such experiments however, it has been necessary to gather information to review the current situation with regard to the measurement of spectral signatures of marine pollutants. It is clear that the measurements performed in the laboratory cannot necessarily be performed at sea and vice-versa, however some basic input is necessary in order to attempt to simulate conditions realistically in a laboratory experiment.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19019 EN (1999), 17pp.
Availability: Available free of charge by Documentation Unit JRC Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 200011797 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Original language: en
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