NASA Spinoff Database: War Damage Assessment

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1994
Reference Number: JPL-SO-23
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: Images From Thematic Mapper on Landsat Satellite and The French Spot Satellite

During and after the Persian Gulf war, hundreds of "oil lakes" were created in Kuwait by oil released from damaged wells. The lakes are a hazard to the Kuwait atmosphere, soil and ground water and must be carefully monitored. Boston University Center for Remote Sensing, assisted by other organizations, has accurately mapped the lakes using Landsat and Spot imagery. The war damage included the formation of over 300 oil lakes, oil pollution and sand dune movement. Total damage area is over 5,400 square kilometers - 30 percent of Kuwait's total surface area.

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Page Number in Published book: 55
Manufacturer: Boston University, Office of Public Relations

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