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State of the art survey of pollution monitoring systems

Cleopatra aims to identify best-case practice in terms of products, services, algorithms and models in the field of remote sensing monitoring of the marine environment. The State-of-the-art document shows the results of consortium investigations in the fields of Oil Spill" monitoring services, related projects and "Remote Sensing applied to Oil Spill detection, monitoring and management. The most relevant oil spill monitoring services and sea pollution are selected and evaluated in terms of kind of used data, products and user's availability.

The most important companies and consortia are:
- KSAT (former Tromsø Satellite Station),
- QinetiQ (West Freugh Satellite ground Station)
- RadarSat International
Generally, a NRT service is provided (less than 2 hours after acquisition), 24 hours a day, either interactive or unattended imagery analysis modes, multimedia alert warning delivery (phone, fax, etc.) and spill detection probability. In the "Remote Sensing applied to Oil Spills" part of the document Airborne and space-borne sensors are reviewed and evaluated in terms of usefulness in responding to oil spills.

The sensors/systems are the following:
- Optical (Visible, Infrared, Ultraviolet)
- Laser Fluorosensors (The SLEAF system)
- Microwave Sensors (Radiometers, Radar, Scatterometers)
- Acoustic Systems
- Slick Thickness (The LURSOT system)

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