Satellite Source: Sentinel 1A
Mode: Interferometric Wide (IW) VV
Resolution: 5x20 meter
Image Date & Time: 03-18-2018 0001 UTC

Confidence: High
Issued Date: 03-18-2018

Region: Gulf of Mexico
Location: 2856'16" N, 8858'14" W
Coverage Area: 98.21 km^2

Remarks:
Possible oil was observed in satellite imagery. This anomaly is unconfirmed 
as oil. The bifurcated slick measured approximately 17 NM long and was 
believed to be originating from the destroyed Taylor facility site. It 
had a strong contrast against the ocean background, was out of place, 
and had well-defined edges. The orientation of the slick was supported 
by the ocean current and surface winds in the area at the time of the 
image.

Uncertainties:
Due to the presence of other dark areas (labeled as False Positive) in
the vicinity of the anomaly that are believed to have been caused by low 
and variable surface winds, we are uncertain of the anomaly's true areal 
extent. Furthermore, it is possible that the Total Area reported could 
be an overestimation of the slick's extent.


Analyst: Velasco


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