Assessing Impacts and Monitoring Response of Coastal Wetlands to Oil Impacts

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This NASA-funded study extends USGS-NASA collaboration to detect oil in coastal marshes and characterize surface oil on inland waters. The ongoing study is based on successful detection of Macondo-252 oil spill impacts to Louisiana coastal marshes with NASA’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) fully polarimetric sensor system providing targeted, day and night, and nearly all weather operability. The successful detection of shoreline and inland occurrences of oil was documented in a 2011 journal publication. Additional activities include spatial and temporal extension of the successful 2010 oil detection analyses to the entire Mississippi River Delta region and UAVSAR yearly anniversary collections from 2009 to 2012.

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Elijah Ramsey
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