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Marine Pollution Surveillance Report (MPSR)
Overview Product Type: Man-Made
Using satellite imagery, experienced oil spill analysts depict the location/extent of oil on the water surface 24x7x365. In some cases, they also differentiate thin from thick oil (two stage classification). Any available satellite image/sensor is used including LANDSAT, ASTER, SENTINEL, FORMOSAT, RADARSAT, MODIS etc.. A wide variety of ancillary data is incorporated and there are remarks indicating level of confidence and reason for that level.
Strengths Weaknesses
Clearly delineates anomaly with shape file overlay.
Shape file and KML can be used in many decision support systems or to initialize trajectory models
Sometimes there are delays in acquiring images so product sometimes issued as much as 12 hours after pass time. During clouds and nighttime, analysts might need to wait many hours for the next SAR pass.
Availability Format
Product normally available by email to any requesting state or federal government user (contact to request being added to mailing list). It can also be found on the ERMA website.
Suomi NPP Visible Infrared Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
Overview Product Type: Satellite Image
Enhanced Multispectral Image (Visible / IR / Day/Night)
Resolution: I-band: 375 m
Polar Orbiting
Swath Width: 3000 km
Lag time: ~3 hours
Strengths Weaknesses
Nearly Global Coverage Every Day
Fairly low lag time.
Low Resolution
Oil difficult to discern in absence of sunglint.
Availability Format


Sensor Satellites Bands - Resolution Ownership Comments
MODIS (Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer) Terra and Aqua Mutli-spectral(36 Bands)
250,500,750m & 1km
NASA - -
TerraSAR-X TerraSAR-X Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery(SAR) X-band
Spotlight - 1m, Stripmap - 3m, ScanSAR - 18m
© Infoterra
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt
Polarization: HH,VV,HV,VH
RADARSAT 2 - - RS1&2:SAR, C-Band
Fine-8m, Standard/Wide-30m, ScanSAR Narrow-50, ScanSAR Wide-100m
Canadian Space Agency/Agence spatiala canadienne(2013) © MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates LTD Polarization:
COSMO-SkyMed 1, 2 and 3 - - SAR (X-Band)
Spotlight - 1m, Stripmap(Highimage)-3m, Stripmap(Pingpong)-5m, ScanSAR Wide-30m, ScanSAR Huge-100m
Italian Space Agency(ASI), distributed by e-GEOS Polarization: HH,VV,HV,VH
SPOT 4 and 5 - - Multi-spectral(4 band) SPOT-4:20m, SPOT-5:10m SPOT Image & French Government Space Agency (CNES) - -
Aster - - Multi-spectral 15m NASA/JPL & JAXA - -
LANDSAT - - Mulit-spectral(7 band) 15m USGS - -
VIIRS - - - - - - - -
Worldview - - Mulit-spectral(8 band) 1.8m(WV2) DigitalGlobe, Inc - -
Quickbird - - Multi-spectral(4 band) 2.4m DigitalGlobe, Inc - -
IKONOS - - Multi-spectral(4 band) 3.2m DigitalGlobe, Inc - -
GeoEye - - Multi-spectral(4 band) 1.65m DigitalGlobe, Inc - -
RapidEye - - - - - - - -
Formosat-2 - - Multi-spectral(4 band) 8m Taiwan's National Space Organization - -



Sensor Platform Region(Bands) / Resolution(m) / Range(nm) Ownership Comments
AVIRIS Twin Otter, ER-2 UV-NIR(224) / 4.4-20 / 380-2500 NASA/JPL Airborne Visual Infrared Imaging Sectrometer
HyMap Multiple UV-NIR(128) / 3-10 / 450-2480 HyVista Corp. HYperspectral Mapping
SEBASS Twin Otter MIR, TIR(128) / 2-7 / 2500-5200 & 7500-13,500 The Aerospace Corp. Spatially Enhanced Broadband Array Spectrograph
ASPECT(Multi-spectral) Aero Commander 680(twin engine) MIR, TIR(16) / 1.1 / 3410-5330 & 8730-11,360 EPA Airborne Spectra Photometric Environmental Collection Technology
ASPECT(FTIR) Aero Commander 680(twin engine) TIR(2048) / 9 / 1266- EPA Airborne Spectra Photometric Environmental Collection Technology
UAVSAR Gulfstream 3 L-Band / 0.6-1.7 / 1.2175-1.2975GHz NASA/JPL Unihabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar
HSRL B200 or Learjet Vis, NIR(2) / - / 532, 1064 NASA/Langley High Spectral Resolution Lidar
CHARTS Twin Engine Vis, NIR(2) / 2-5 / 532, 1064 US Army Corps of Engineers / JALBTCX Compact Hydrographic Airborne Rapid Total Survey, Optech Inc.
CASI-1500 Twin Engine Vis, NIR(36) / .25 - 10 / 375-1050 US Army Corps of Engineers / JALBTCX Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager, ITRES