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NASA uses new radar to research oil spills

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., developed a method to use a specialized NASA 3-D imaging radar to characterize the oil in oil spills, such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The research can be used to improve response operations during future marine oil spills, according to a report from the JPL at www.spaceref.com.

Caltech graduate student Brent Minchew and JPL researchers Cathleen Jones and Ben Holt analyzed NASA radar imagery collected over the main slick of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on June 22-23, 2010.

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