Maritime Monitoring with TerraSAR-X

Maritime Monitoring with TSX - Ship Detection

Vessel Detection

As shipping traffic grows continously, the pressure on the security of the world’s oceans is increasing and near-real-time surveillance of shipping routes is vital to detect illegal behaviour (e.g. illegal fishing, narcotraffic, immigration, piracy). TerraSAR-X’s weather-independence, large coverage acquisition potential as well as near-real-time delivery option enable rapid delivery of information on vessels in vast maritime areas

Key Benefits

  • Quick availability through
    - cloud and day-light independence
    - (Semi-)automatic processing
    - Near real-time delivery
  • High sensitivity to also smaller ships
  • High versatility
  • High geolocation accuracy
  • High monitoring frequency
Maritime Monitoring with TSX - Oil Spill Detection

Oil Spill Detection

Oil spill information is increasingly required to restrict the environmental impact of accidents at sea but also to get distinct information about the source of oil pollution or leakages. Radar satellite imagery is particularly well suited to deliver information on oil films on the sea surface. TerraSAR-X’s wide-area coverage and weather-independence combined with high spatial and temporal resolution deliver reliable and timely information.

Key Benefits

  • Quick availability through
    - cloud and day-light independence
    - Near real-time delivery
  • High versatility
  • High geolocation accuracy
  • High monitoring frequency
Maritime Monitoring with TSX - Sea Ice Monitoring and Iceberg Detection

Sea Ice Monitoring and Iceberg Detection

Strategic ice information builds the basis for ice routing systems, enabling an optimised planning of safe and economic routes through ice affected waters. Thanks to its unique acquisition capabilities in regard to high spatial resolution and revisit time as well as positioning accuracy, TerraSAR-X is very well suited to build the basis for strategic as well as tactical sea ice monitoring component.

Key Benefits

  • Quick availability through
    - cloud and day-light independence
    - Near real-time delivery
  • High versatility
  • High geolocation accuracy
  • High monitoring frequency
TerraSAR-X ice charting sample for identification of fast ice melt conditions

TerraSAR-X ice charting sample for identification of fast ice melt conditions
(© Canadian Ice Service)

Deep Water Horizon oil spill (Gulf of Mexico)

Deep Water Horizon oil spill (Gulf of Mexico) visible as “dark” feature on sea surface in TerraSAR-X ScanSAR imagery.

Example of the final ship detection product after operator quality assurance

Example of the final ship detection product after operator quality assurance. The image chip shows a sample detection added by the operator.

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