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Mapping the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Using AVIRIS Hyperspectral Imaging

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Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) data collected over the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) during May and July 2010 were used to create quantitative maps of oil spill thickness, oil-to-water ratio, areal coverage, and volume.  Due to the immense size of the spill, AVIRIS could only cover a portion of the spill on any given day.  Two days on which AVIRIS data were collected had favorable sea surface conditions (i.e., low sun glint from waves) allowing an accurate determination of oil volume in thick emulsions.  Approximately one-third of the core