CSK1 ascending and CSK3 descending WR acquisitions over the same area off the coast of Otranto, Italy.
The images are about 12 hours apart from each other. Two of the dark features are operational oil spills (‘a’ and ‘b’), whereas the third one (‘c’) is unlikely anthropogenic but probably related to oil seepage, circularly shaped by the currents.
The COSMO-SkyMed image quality in terms of sensitivity and radiometric resolution , combined with the X-band increase of oil spill damping ratio , augment its operational detection capabilities over previous C-band systems.
The high revisit time of the constellation over the Mediterranean Basin allows for the first time improvements of the:
monitoring capabilities over the area, and
evaluation of the persistency of oil spills, sometimes lower than 12 hours, making COSMO-SkyMed an effective asset for oil spill detection operational services.