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Evaluation of TerraSAR-X for natural oil seep studies

Medhavy Thankappan(1)

(1) Geoscience Australia, GPO Box 378, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia


There is generally a low level of confidence associated with natural oil seeps identified on SAR imagery over Australian coastal waters, due to poor characterisation of false positives that produce low backscatter features on SAR. C-band SAR has been used extensively for natural oil seep detection in Australia. TerraSAR-X data that will become available in the next few months will provide an opportunity to establish the effectiveness of X-band SAR for natural oil seep detection in Australian waters. We will report early results from the evaluation of TerraSAR-X.


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