An experimental study of microwave remote sensing of oil-contaminated young sea ice

Nariman Firoozy, Thomas Neusitzer, Durell Desmond, Tyler Tiede, Marcos Lemes, Jack Landy, Gary Stern, Puyan Mojabi, Soren Rysgaard, David G. Barber

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Abstract

This paper presents an experiment on remote sensing of oil infested sea ice, and the detection of this contaminant. To this end, an overview of our previously developed electromagnetic inversion algorithm is first presented. This algorithm has been able to reconstruct the complex permittivity profile of snow-covered sea ice, and also retrieve some of its thermodynamic and geophysical properties. Next, a description of our oil-in-sea ice experiment is presented in which crude oil is injected underneath an artificially-grown young sea ice as the resulting radar cross section response is temporally measured. The volume fraction of oil is then indirectly retrieved using the measured radar data via a modified inversion strategy. Although the reconstructed volume fraction is an over-estimation, it has a potential to trigger a warning system. Finally, the reasons behind this over-estimation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 32nd General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science, URSI GASS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Volume2017-January
ISBN (Electronic)9789082598704
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017
Event32nd General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science, URSI GASS 2017 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 19 Aug 201726 Aug 2017

Conference

Conference32nd General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science, URSI GASS 2017
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period19/08/1726/08/17

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