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25th of May, 2015 – After a massive oil spill, oil patterns detected from space in the waters off Refugio State Beach (Santa Barbara, California).

e-GEOS provided oil reports, based on satellite RADAR data from COSMO-SkyMed constellation, which identified and measured the oil slicks at sea, less than ten hours after the oil pollution at sea was published on the news.

The production teams have been working day and night to perform geospatial analysis and monitor the oil spill evolution of the newly acquired satellite data over Santa Barbara coastal area in California. The nine-mile Santa Barbara beach hit by an oil spill on Tuesday 19th of May. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst.

The pipe was carrying about 2,000 barrels of oil an hour, according to Plains All American, the company who owns the pipeline.

e-GEOS provides Rapid Maps to better coordinate the response actions when an emergnecy occurs, wherever in the world.

e-GEOS info on demand service — triggered soon after the oil spill impacted the sea — brought important benefits by providing impact assessments from satellite images and geospatial analysis to facilitate disaster management. Less than ten hours from the activation , the e-GEOS Emergency Team provided the first analysis results, keeping monitoring the situation from space for several days.

This page shows the Oil reports based on COSMO-SkyMed acquisitions made over Santa Barbara in the days since the oil spill occurred.

The first analysis was perform by using two COSMO-SkyMed Stripmap HIMAGE data (5 m resolution) to detect the oil floating on the sea surface close to Refugio State Beach towards Santa Barbara.

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