EVALUATION OF NIGHT CAPABLE SENSORS FOR THE DETECTION OF OIL ON WATER; FINAL REPT. MAY 93-MAR 94

During May, 1993, the USCG participated in a field exercise conducted at the Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa, Canada. Environment Canada set up a test facility that consisted of a lined pool separated into twelve individual tanks. Four types of petroleum products were added to nine of the tanks while three tanks were left clean as control tanks. The field exercise provided an opportunity to evaluate several night-capable sensors for detection of oil slicks on water. The USCG evaluated the day and night imaging capabilities of long wave infrared (LWIR) sensors (FLIR 2000, WF- 360TL, and RS- 18C) installed on three Coast Guard aircraft. Three commercially-available hand-held medium wave infrared (MWIR) sensors (AGEMA Thermovision 210, FSI PRISM, and IRC-160ST) were also evaluated. Surface truth data were collected at the test site and through the use of visible-spectrum imagers (S-VHS camcorder and WF-360TL TV camera - day and Dark Invader Owl NVG camcorder night). Sensor imagery was recorded to S-VHS tape format for post exercise review and processing Analysis of the images confirmed several aspects of expected phenomenology. Both IR and visible spectrum sensors were readily able to detect the oil slicks during daytime sorties. Infrared, Infrared images, Long wave infrared, Medium wave infrared, Night vision goggles, Oil slick detection, visible spectrum, Remote sensing of oil slicks.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Coast Guard

    Office of Research and Development
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • HOVER, G L
    • PLOURDE, J V
  • Publication Date: 1994-3

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 83 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00670585
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-09-94
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 11 1995 12:00AM