NASA-NOAA Tech Will Aid Marine Oil Spill Response

An oil slick from naturally occurring oil seeps off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The Marine Oil Spill Thickness (MOST) project is using these natural seeps to test technology that can detect the thickest oil in a slick during an oil spill emergency. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists are teaming up to test remote sensing technology for use in oil spill response.

By Esprit Smith
NASA’s Earth Science News Team

Just off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, thousands of gallons of oil seep through cracks in the seafloor and rise to the surface each day. But this isn’t a disaster zone: It’s one of the largest naturally occurring oil seeps in the world and is believed to have been active for thousands of years.

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