Research / Research

Estimating Oil Slick Thickness with LiDAR Remote Sensing Technology

Project Number
1091
Program
Progress Date
04/12/2019
Category
Performing Activity
Principal Investigator
Richard W. Gould, Jr., Ph.D.
Contracting Agency
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Contract Award Value
$177,564.00
Estimated Completion Date
03/31/2019
Description

The purpose of this study was to assess and evaluate the capabilities and limitations of two above-water laser systems owned and operated by NRL, to detect and characterize oil layers of varying thickness on the surface of the water, in conjunction with an acoustic sensor for in-water detection (oil in the water column).  The objectives of the proposed scope of work were to: (1) Evaluate above-water LiDAR technologies to characterize oil slicks and oil/water emulsions; and (2) Develop and validate new measurement protocols and new algorithms, using LiDAR, optical, and acoustic data sets, individually and in combination, to differentiate oil types and estimate oil thickness.

Latest progress update

 The project is complete. The final report is posted below.
 

Status
Completed
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Peer Review Status
N/A