The objective of MARSAIS is:

to design and implement a prototype generic Marine SAR Analysis and Interpretation System (MARSAIS) with sufficient product accuracy and optimum resolution for specific application to the coastal zone.

In order to achieve this goal the following approach is being taken:
Generation of a database of multi-satellite and multi-sensor data; SAR ocean imaging modelling; Validation; MARSAIS toolkit development; MARSAIS exploitation and user interface; and MARSAIS prototyping.

The availability of spaceborne SAR data has, for nearly a decade, provided regular and global observation wave spectra. Furthermore, its capabilities to detect and locate oilspills and ships have also led to the systematic use of SAR images in operational surveillance associated with marine coastal pollution control and fisheries. An emerging application has been developed for the monitoring of atmospheric boundary layer processes and mesoscale coastal wind fields. An expected capability to further advance the regular application of the SAR data for the upper ocean current feature monitoring, implies that the SAR will play a vital role in marine coastal ocean monitoring and prediction systems.


(Above) On the upper right hand corner of this image two straight black lines originating from oil released from traveling ships are visible. Extrapolating along these black lines, leads to two bright spots being hit. Presumably they represent the ships that have released the oil.