A Compact Combined UAV Polarimetric KU Band Radar and EO/IR Sensor System for Oil Spill and Sea Debris Detection


Dr Elisa Giusti, CNIT, Italy


Research institute


Project Abstract

The aim is to develop a compact multisensor system carried on small/medium UAVs that integrates a radar sensor jointly operating with EO/IR camera to monitor marine areas and to detect sea debris and oil spills. The use of a Ku band polarimetric radar will offer a solution for 24/7, all weather surveillance with enhanced capability of detecting floating debris and oil spills thanks to polarimetry and high spatial resolutions. Based on deep neural network technologies, a EO/IR sensor will be used to classify the type of debris and the extension of the oil spill, which is an important basis for the coordination of a prompt response.

POSEIDON is funded by the MarTERA partners Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and co-funded by the European Union.

Project Start

May 2018


30 months

Project Budget

Total cost: 0.9 M€
Funding: 0.5 M€

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