Technical training on “Oil Spill Monitoring”
Due to Coronavirus lock down, NAFcoast organized an online training course on “The role of satellite data in monitoring oil pollution” for the project partners from Tunisia, Mauritania and Morocco.
1. The first training to Tunisia represented by a team from Le Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT) was held on 7th to 9th April 2020.
2. The second training to Mauritania represented by a team from Le Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT) was held on 11th May 2020.
3. The third training to Morocco represented by a team from Université Chouaib Doukali (UCD) Team was held on 8th to 10th June 2020.
Oil spill is considered one of the serious marine pollution problems in the Mediterranean Sea and this is why it is considered by NAfcoast as an important service. The course aims at functioning Earth observations to monitor and map oil spill in North coast Africa (Mediterranean Sea region). It helps the trainees to understand the basics behind using earth observations in the application of marine pollution particularly oil pollution, and how to map and detect the spill accidents using Radar data. It also helps the trainees to download sentinel 1 data and analyze it from scratch to detect the spill location and area (in Km). This improves the team capabilities in detection of oil pollution using satellite observation. Indeed, such service and product will support decision makers to take a quick action to decrease the risk, remediate and save the marine environment.