New laser to combat oil spill in Arctic waters

ICD has launched a LIDAR based real-time oil spill detection system together with LDI Innovation and Faster Imaging. The laser system is mounted on the latest surveillance vessel of the Norwegian Coastal Administration, patrolling the spawning grounds of the North Atlantic cod.

ICD's overall goal is to develop and commercialize a complementary solution for Oil Spill Detection addressing the current technology gaps (harsh environments, precision, verification) and creating the service capabilities to tend the needs of to the decision makers (data management, delivery and presentation).

Our aim is to develop a new monitoring system, that will provide continuous detection and assessment of water pollution, and send environmental warning data at earlier stage than existing surveillance systems, with classification and prediction capabilities. If implemented on vessels patrolling a ship route, it will constitute a distributed warning system for monitoring marine waterways with high spatial resolution. Other possible deployment areas could include offshore or even subsea installations. The basic components of the system will include laser sensors (Hyper-spectral Laser Induced Fluorescence - HLIF LiDARS), capable selectively to detect part per million concentration of oil in water; integrated real-time spectral- and meta-data processing; on-line communication with NOC and visualization of information for decision making. The system will be developed for unattended continuous day and night operations with minimal technical maintenance. Early warning system for water pollution with better detection and classification capabilities than existing fixed-point sensors and surveillance systems will be the result.

The project is supported by the Norwegian Government, and a video is available here.
A summary is available on the Norwegian Government portal here. 

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