Oil slick identification from imageries using optical power spectra

  • O P Bajpai
  • S Subramaniam


A new method for semi-automatic identification of oil slick on ocean/sea surface from space borne imagery using optical power spectra has been suggested. This method is based on the fact that the presence of the oil slick in the ocean suppresses the normal wave pattern that will be present in the ocean area without oil slick and the power spectra of the image area having the oil slick will be devoid of the peak corresponding to the dominant wave. In addition, the general shape of the oil slick will increase the low frequency content in the power spectra. The method has been applied for test areas containing oil slicks and the results are encouraging.


Power Spectrum Synthetic Aperture Radar Ocean Wave National Remote Sensing Agency Ocean Wave Spectrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O P Bajpai
    • 1
  • S Subramaniam
    • 1
  1. 1.National Remote Sensing AgencyHyderabadIndia

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