This is a Joint Industry Project (JIP) between MMS, Environment Canada, Imperial Oil Resources Ltd., and the Industrial Materials Institute. This project was initiated to develop new oil slick thickness sensor technology for measurement of oil slick thickness on water. The objectives include: develop the technology of oil slick thickness sensor for the measurement of oil slick thickness on water from an airborne platform.
This is a Joint Industry Project (JIP) between MMS, Environment Canada, U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Transportation Development Centre, and the Canadian Petroleum Association to develop the new laser fluorosensor technology for the detection of oil on water, ice and on shorelines. The objectives of this project include: develop the technology of laser fluorosensing for oil spill application including oil on water, on shorelines, among debris, ice or weeds and oil on ice; develop prototype instruments; and test these instruments.
Development of an all-weather, airborne instrument capable of measuring oil thickness over an oil-slick area in real time.
At present, the only known method of searching and detecting the presence of oil leaking at low rates from a marine pipeline in the winter period involves drilling holes at frequent intervals along the pipe to expose any oil which could be trapped in or under the ice. This method is expensive, labor intensive, and exposes personnel to the vagaries of extreme weather. There is a strong motivation within government agencies and industry to identify and develop a reliable and safe means of remotely detecting oil in and under ice.
The major objective of this study was to refine the use of existing shipboard navigational radar units to detect and track oil spill slicks. This can be accomplished by modifying tuning procedures so that the radar will accurately depict the short period wave field.