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This document concerns exclusively the problem of monitoring ship discharges with space born SAR (synthetic aperture radar). They are distinguished from major accidental pollution caused by ships in distress, because the unique singularities of the later pose different requirements for investigation. The first section concentrates on the typical appearance of spills from ship discharges, in terms of their evolution in the sea. A brief overview of the current scientific knowledge on the mechanisms involved in the detection of oil spills with SAR is given in the second section. Similarly, the difficulties in the identification of man-made oil spills within complex image structures, resulted by natural phenomena are overviewed in the third section. Finally the results of a regional reconnaissance study carried out over the entire Mediterranean Sea during 1999 is presented and discussed.

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Authors: PAVLAKIS P, (Detached national expert)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19916 EN (2001), pp. 30. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from JRC Information & Public Relations Unit, European Commission. Fax: +32-2-2996322 and JRC Information & Public Relations Unit, Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785409
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