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
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.
Oil Spill 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.
Sea Ice Monitoring and Iceberg Detection
TerraSAR-X ice charting sample for identification of fast ice melt conditions
(© Canadian Ice Service)
Deep Water Horizon oil spill (Gulf of Mexico) visible as “dark” feature on sea surface in TerraSAR-X ScanSAR imagery.