The Gulf of Mexico is well known for its oil slicks on surface water due to natural oil seeps. In addition, accidental oil spills also occur irregularly.
In September 2004, an oil platform in the Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC-20) site was damaged by Hurricane Ivan, after which crude oil was leaked to water continuously.
The image below shows how often surface oil slicks can be observed around the MC-20 site.
GLIMRs staring capacity makes it much easier to track surface oil with its many spectral bands enabling the differentiation of different oil types:
- crude oil,
- oil-in-water emulsion, and
- water-in-oil emulsion.