Over this past year or so, I’ve done a fair bit of monitoring and image analysis in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now I’m moving on; I’ll be using radar imagery (a new source for me to learn about) to look for evidence of bilge dumping around the planet.  (Bilge dumping is when a ship dumps it’s bilge water in the open ocean rather than paying someone to pump it out when the ship is in dry dock.  The water is usually contaminated with oil and other nasty stuff).

It looks like this on a radar image (the long dark streaks):

Courtesy of SkyTruth and Asar imaging.

Hopefully, by showing how much and often bilge dumping occurs, we can get governments to do more about stopping this sort of pollution.