Airborne laser fluorosensor
The objective is to assess performance of airborne LSF in Arctic field conditions with respect to oil detection and quantification on ice, snow and water surfaces as well as below a thin layer of new sea ice.

LFS has been identified as a promising tool for detecting and possibly quantifying oil on the surface of solid ice and snow and/or on the surface of brash and slush in pack ice. 

LFS is independent of light conditions (darkness) and is believed to be a valuable tool for systematic, large scale, initial detection of oil in ice-covered waters. Oil detection and quantification by LFS systems are used operationally onboard maritime surveillance aircraft operated by the German Department of Transport and Environment Canada.

Published November 13, 2006

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