Minimize Oil Pollution - Kuroshio, East of Taiwan

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Taiwan Taiwan

Latitude: 23° 01' N - Longitude: 121° 41' E

A ship travelling northward (bright spot at the front of the black line) discharging oil. The oil disperses with time causing the oil trail to widen. This oil trail is more than 80 km long. The bright area between the east coast of Taiwan and the oil trail is the Kuroshio current whose water temperature is higher than the temperature of the surrounding waters. Here the air-sea interface is unstable causing a higher wind stress and thus a larger NRCS.
Orbit Frame(s) Satellite Date Time Location
14874 2364 ERS-1 20-May-1994 14:20 Taiwan

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