|The supply of oil to Japan and other countries uses on-land routes over territory of other countries or by sea. The ocean oil transportation faces various scale marine oil spills due to tank accidents causing extensive environmental damage and pollution. In order to control and mitigate the damage of these oil-spills environmental disasters, it’s vital to detect these accidents at early stage and monitor them accurately.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan established a grant through the Petroleum Association of Japan to support and develop a project for “rapid response system of oil spills”. We have been involved in this project from the early stage to develop a system to mitigate offshore oil spill damage. Under our approach, we have developed a system to automatically detect oil spills at early stage under any weather conditions using satellite observation. The system also records the position and movements of the oil spill. The system uses Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to automatically detect oil slicks on sea with a high probability regardless of the time of the day or cloudiness of the sky. Technical articles, research reports and historical information of past oil spills including results of automatic detections also can be accessed through this system.
In addition, the system allows the search for satellite SAR imagery from the archives through its "satellite search engine". Through the system’s "automatic recognition processing engine",estimated oil spill area can also be detected using SAR satellite data.
To use this system, please click here, and go on to "Introduction" on the main screen.