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Thermal infrared remote sensing of crude oil slicks

In: Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 45, Issue 2, August 1993, Pages 225-231.

by John W. Salisbury a, Dana M. D’Aria a and Floyd F. Sabins Jr.b
aDepartment of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore U.S.A.
bChevron Oil Field Research Company, La Habra, California U.S.A.

(Abstract Online)
With all the interest on the Gulf Oil spill and recent accounts of the use by British Petroleum and others of Infrared Thermal Imaging to search for surface oil slicks, it seemed very timely to be sure we had included some links and summaries of articles dealing with the thermal Infrared optical properties of crude oil on seawater.

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What the Heck is (Spectral) Emissivity?

Part One of Two from the mind of FLIR
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Fill two soda cans with hot water and wrap one with scotch tape. Which one will radiate more heat?

You might be surprised at the answer

(It has all to do with Spectral Emissivity, although this video continues the illusion that it’s really simple “Emissivity” at work! The concept of Emissivity is simple and easy to grasp as the video shows. The understanding is a bit more difficult and begins when one realizes that it is really Spectral Emissivity.)

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Electro Optical Industries BB Emissivity Coatings

Electro Optical Industries (EOI) uses one of two high emissivity coatings on the surface of its blackbodies.

The EOI mid-temperature coating is used on both cavity and flat plate blackbodies that have a maximum operating temperatures of up to 210 °C.

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Exact spectral emissivity measurements for radiation thermometry (IR thermometry)

Modern emissivity measuring facility for industry-orientated calibrations developed at PTB

This news release is available in German.
spectral emissivity sampleCAPTION: Local variation of the directed spectral emissivity of a car paint sample at a wavelength of 4 µm, measured using a thermography camera. (IMAGE COURTESY PTB)
Industry and research are increasingly relying on non-contact temperature measurements with the aid of heat radiation, for example, for the reliable and reproducible drying of car paint.

In order to attain exact and reliable results, the emissivity of the measured surface has to be known. It can only be determined precisely in complex measuring facilities.

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has developed a modern emissivity measuring facility for industry-oriented calibrations.
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