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The possibility of using satellite data over ocean areas to monitor the spread of oil spills is essential in directing the interventions of the environmental authorities, thereby ensuring timely cleansing and reducing their impact.

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World's major development banks look closer at Earth observation

30 April 2013

International development banks often invest in regions where projects can be difficult to monitor and evaluate. Earth-observing satellites are proving to be important tools for the development sector.

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Job creation and growth with space

19 April 2013

Ireland is setting an example for how space technologies can contribute to economic growth and recovery through the maritime sector. Over 100 European specialists in policy, space technology, industry and maritime interests met this week on the Emerald Isle to learn more.

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EUMETSAT joins the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'

09 July 2012

Extreme weather such as hurricanes, floods and even excessive heat or cold claims lives every year. The European body that monitors weather and climate from space has now joined international partners to help prepare for disasters.

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Oil Spill in Brazil

14 November 2011

Chevron said Monday it has suspended drilling following an oil spill in waters off Rio de Janeiro state which prompted Brazil to demand a "rigorous investigation"...

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BP Oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico

14 July 2011

The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed...

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Bluefin tuna hit hard by ‘Deepwater Horizon’ disaster

18 October 2010

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill couldn't have occurred at a worse time for bluefin tuna: they had come to the area - a major spawning ground - to produce offspring. Satellites are helping assess the damage from the disaster on the fish's spawning habitat...

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Oil still entering Loop Current

29 June 2010

This Envisat radar image acquired over the Gulf of Mexico on 22 June 2010 shows that the oil spill (outlined in white) has radiated all over the Gulf of Mexico basin and is also continuing to feed into the Loop Current (red arrow).

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Envisat monitors oil spill proximity to Loop Current

05 May 2010

As fears grow that the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico could soon catch the oil slick and drag it south towards coral reefs in the Florida Keys, scientists are monitoring the situation closely with ESA's Envisat radar data.

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SEASAR 2008 - Oil Spill Detection and Prediction from SAR multiscale analysis

21 January 2009

The statistical analysis of larger data sets (1996-2005) from the collection of the SAR images, including new images obtained from ESA (ENVISAT and ERS-2) as well as further SAR/ASAR images obtained directly from ESA (C1P.2240) (2000-2007) has been used both to analyse the Sea Surface features, such as slicks and vortices as well as oil spills.

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Earth Watching - Gotland (Sweden) Island Oil Slick - May 2005

07 December 2006

A 97-kilometer (60-mile) oil slick was observed off Sweden's southeastern coast near the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. The approximately 25 tonnes of oil were however not expected to cause...