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Abstract

The space borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) surveillance system can give added value to the problem of monitoring marine pollution from ship discharges. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has initialised regional reconnaissance studies of oil spill occurrences in European seas using SAR observations. The aim is to provide updated information, especially over poorly patrolled regions, to assist in the assessment of existing policies as well as for optimising plans of focused patrol and intervention strategies. This document presents the results of a regional reconnaissance study carried out over the entire Mediterranean Sea during 1999. The research reveals a striking level of non-conformity with international environmental law in the region, caused by routine unauthorised operational discharges. It indicates that space borne monitoring offers significant advantages and is a promising sensor for operating in an early warning role.

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Authors: PAVLAKIS P, JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);TARCHI D, JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);SIEBER AJ, JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);FERRARO G, European Commission, DG Environment, Brussels (BE);VINCENT G, European Commission, DG Environment, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19906 EN (2001), pp. 20. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200214253 / Last updated on: 2002-01-15
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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