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Copernicus Sentinels observe extensive oil spill in Red Sea

31 October 2019

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On 11 October, some 95 km from the Saudi city of Jeddah, an Iranian-owned oil tanker was damaged, resulting in the loss of oil in the Red Sea. The Copernicus Sentinels are being used to monitor the resulting oil spill.

The Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 satellite missions of the European Union's Copernicus Programme are working together to observe the 1,300 km long spill along the Red Sea.

Oil spills can harm marine life in oceans, estuaries, and wetlands. To limit their damage and assist clean-up efforts, emergency managers need fast information on spill location, size and extent, direction and speed of oil movement, along with wind, current, and wave details, for predicting oil drift and dispersion.

Source: Sentinel Online

Image credit: ESA - Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019)/processed by VisioTerra

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