June 8, 2010

Summary Report Released on a Workshop on Satellite Monitoring for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

Filed under: Compliance Inspections, Environmental Crime — inece @ 6:04 pm
SPACE RADAR IMAGE OF OIL SLICKS

NASA JPL

On 20 April 2010, the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) and the T.M.C. Asser Institute organised a meeting on The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) to discuss the application of satellite monitoring for environmental law enforcement. Around 40 experts took part in the event, including practitioners from the remote sensing community,  the legal sphere, and enforcement agencies.IES recently released a summary report from the meeting, available online.

The outcomes of this workshop are important contributions to the field of identifying applications of remote sensing data in the context of environmental compliance and enforcement. Data collected remotely — which encompasses a range of mechanisms from complex satellite data systems to aircraft-based flyovers — can be an important source of information for environmental authorities. The use of remote sensing information to aid in environmental compliance inspections is explored in an INECE 8th Conference paper, Use of Remote Sensing and Other Investigatory Techniques.

The image to the right for example, captured by a radar sensor aboard a space shuttle, depicts an offshore drilling field in the Arabian Sea. The dark streaks are extensive oil slicks surrounding many of the drilling platforms, which appear as bright white spots. Radar images are useful for detecting and measuring the extent of oil seepages on the ocean surface, from both natural and industrial sources.  Click the image for more information and a larger version.

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