The "Prestige" tanker wreck of November 2002 was a major disaster affecting the environment of north-western coasts of Spain (Galicia). The consequences of "Prestige" accident have been studied by several research groups in the last two years. Hereafter we present a study of "Prestige" oil spill by means of a combined use of remote sensing tools and limited-area model simulations.Two Envisat/ASAR Wide Swath (WS) images over the area of the disaster, Nov. 17 and Dec. 3, were retrieved from ESA archive. ASAR WS processing consists of 2 main steps: 1. Ingestion and geo-location, performed by means of the commercial software package TeraScan (www.seaspace.com); and 2. Speckle filtering and segmentation, performed according to the algorithms described in [1] and [2].A major question in oil spill detection with SAR images is the discrimination between "real" oil slicks and "lookalikes". To operate this distinction we adopted an approach, based on local meteo-marine condition analysis, which implies:1. Wind and wave information retrieval from SAR image itself, performed according to the methods described in [3] and [4];2. QuikSCAT scatterometer wind data from the 2 daily passes of the satellite, as obtained from PODAAC/JPL;3. Simulations by means of the limited-area meteorological model Eta [5], a three-dimensional, primitive equation, grid-point model currently operational at the National Center for Environmental Prediction of the U.S. National Weather Service.We shall present and discuss the results of the analysis outlined above.[1] A. Baraldi and F. Parmiggiani, "A refined Gamma MAP SAR speckle filter with improved geometrical adaptivity", IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, vol. 33, No. 5, (1995), 1245-1257.[2] A. Baraldi, P. Blonda, F. Parmiggiani and G. Satalino, "Contextual clustering for image segmeation", Optical Engineering, vol. 39 (2000), no. 4, pp. 1-17[3] P. Wadhams, F. Parmiggiani and G. De Carolis, "The use of SAR to measure ocean wave dispersion by frazil-pancake ice fields", J. Phys. Oceanography, Vol. 32 (2002), no. 6, 1721-1746.[4] Giacomo De Carolis, Flavio Parmiggiani and Elena Arabini, "Observations of wind and ocean wave fields using ERS Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery", Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 25, No. 7-8 (2004) 1283 - 1290.[5] D. Cesini, S. Morelli, F. Parmiggiani, "Analysis of an intense bora event in the Adriatic area", Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, (2004) vol. 4, Issue 2: 323 - 337.

A study of " Prestige" oil spill by the combined use of ENVISAT/ASAR, quikSCAT scatterometer and limited area model simulations / M., Adamo; G., De Carolis; Morelli, Sandra; F., Parmiggiani. - In: GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH ABSTRACTS. - ISSN 1029-7006. - ELETTRONICO. - 7:(2005), p. EGU05-A-05395. ((Intervento presentato al convegno European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2005 tenutosi a Vienna, Austria nel 24-29 April 2005.

A study of " Prestige" oil spill by the combined use of ENVISAT/ASAR, quikSCAT scatterometer and limited area model simulations

MORELLI, Sandra;
2005

Abstract

The "Prestige" tanker wreck of November 2002 was a major disaster affecting the environment of north-western coasts of Spain (Galicia). The consequences of "Prestige" accident have been studied by several research groups in the last two years. Hereafter we present a study of "Prestige" oil spill by means of a combined use of remote sensing tools and limited-area model simulations.Two Envisat/ASAR Wide Swath (WS) images over the area of the disaster, Nov. 17 and Dec. 3, were retrieved from ESA archive. ASAR WS processing consists of 2 main steps: 1. Ingestion and geo-location, performed by means of the commercial software package TeraScan (www.seaspace.com); and 2. Speckle filtering and segmentation, performed according to the algorithms described in [1] and [2].A major question in oil spill detection with SAR images is the discrimination between "real" oil slicks and "lookalikes". To operate this distinction we adopted an approach, based on local meteo-marine condition analysis, which implies:1. Wind and wave information retrieval from SAR image itself, performed according to the methods described in [3] and [4];2. QuikSCAT scatterometer wind data from the 2 daily passes of the satellite, as obtained from PODAAC/JPL;3. Simulations by means of the limited-area meteorological model Eta [5], a three-dimensional, primitive equation, grid-point model currently operational at the National Center for Environmental Prediction of the U.S. National Weather Service.We shall present and discuss the results of the analysis outlined above.[1] A. Baraldi and F. Parmiggiani, "A refined Gamma MAP SAR speckle filter with improved geometrical adaptivity", IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, vol. 33, No. 5, (1995), 1245-1257.[2] A. Baraldi, P. Blonda, F. Parmiggiani and G. Satalino, "Contextual clustering for image segmeation", Optical Engineering, vol. 39 (2000), no. 4, pp. 1-17[3] P. Wadhams, F. Parmiggiani and G. De Carolis, "The use of SAR to measure ocean wave dispersion by frazil-pancake ice fields", J. Phys. Oceanography, Vol. 32 (2002), no. 6, 1721-1746.[4] Giacomo De Carolis, Flavio Parmiggiani and Elena Arabini, "Observations of wind and ocean wave fields using ERS Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery", Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 25, No. 7-8 (2004) 1283 - 1290.[5] D. Cesini, S. Morelli, F. Parmiggiani, "Analysis of an intense bora event in the Adriatic area", Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, (2004) vol. 4, Issue 2: 323 - 337.
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EGU05-A-05395
M., Adamo; G., De Carolis; Morelli, Sandra; F., Parmiggiani
A study of " Prestige" oil spill by the combined use of ENVISAT/ASAR, quikSCAT scatterometer and limited area model simulations / M., Adamo; G., De Carolis; Morelli, Sandra; F., Parmiggiani. - In: GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH ABSTRACTS. - ISSN 1029-7006. - ELETTRONICO. - 7:(2005), p. EGU05-A-05395. ((Intervento presentato al convegno European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2005 tenutosi a Vienna, Austria nel 24-29 April 2005.
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