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Environmental & GIS Services

Oil Spill Response & Crisis Management:
Real-time Oil Distribution, Quantity & Trajectory Mapping
SCAT and NRDA Field Team Support
Oil Recovery& Response Resource Allocation Support
Land-based Oil & Chemical Spill Mapping

Natural Resource Monitoring:

Kelp & Eel Grass Mapping
Intertidal & Subtidal Substrate Mapping
Sediment Fate & Transport
Wetland Mapping

SeaView: Fisheries Support Services

Environmental Analysis:
Wetland Restoration Planning & Monitoring
Water Quality & Runoff Monitoring
Change Detection
Thermal Discharge Tracking
Dredging & Disposal Monitoring
Environmental Impact Assessments

Resource Management & Litigation Support:
Environmental Damage Assessments
Expert Witness Testimony
Restoration Progress Assessments
Annual Natural Resource Surveys

Geodatabase Design & Creation
GIS System Maintenance for Emergency Response
Spatial Analysis
Spatial Visualization

Grant Funded Research & Development



Oil Spill Response & Crisis Management

Real-time Oil Distribution, Quantity & Trajectory Mapping
Since 2004, Ocean Imaging has worked under federal and State of California funding to develop hardware and software capabilities for mapping oil spills in real-time and immediately disseminating the map products to the various response groups.  The GIS-compatible digital maps show oil location and distributions patterns, oil film thickness, and oil weathering state. In the past few years the developed capabilities have been utilized during actual oil spills in California, and were heavily depended on during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where Ocean Imaging flew multiple daily missions for 3 months.

Oil Spill Response Classification Example


SCAT and NRDA Field Team Support
Ocean Imaging’s aerial systems, specially configured for oil detection, provide very high resolution mapping of oil-impacted shoreline and marshland areas.  Such analyses provide SCAT and NRDA field teams with oil distribution information before they set out into the field, helping them plan their missions more efficiently.  During the Deepwater Horizon spill which affected large portions of the Mississippi Delta wetlands, Ocean Imaging’s maps provided field crews with knowledge of where and how far oil has penetrated in areas difficult to reach by boat or on foot.

Marsh Oiling

Oil Recovery & Response Resource Allocation Support
Ocean Imaging’s aerial mapping of oil distribution and thickness provides response managers vital information on where resources such as skimmers and booms can be utilized most urgently and effectively.  During the Deepwater Horizon spill, digital maps showing the exact locations of recoverable oil accumulations were streamed directly to vessels at-sea in near-real-time.

Oil Spill Recovery: Quick Turnaround Example


Land-based Oil & Chemical Spill Mapping

Ocean Imaging’s spill mapping technology is not limited to at-sea spills.  We have also mapped oil spills on land, including a well blow-out, and chemical spills caused by liquid materials exploding into the air.

Oil Spill Mapping: Land-based Example