The objectives of the project are:
(1) To evaluate the application of sheen and hydrocarbon monitoring sensor technology, to be deployed using various mechanisms to delineate buoyant hydrocarbon discharge plumes based on their ocean surface expression. This would include:
a. Literature review & comparison of current best available sensor / data capture technology (limit of detection, sensitivity, resolution) and deployment methods.
(2) To evaluate via bench and field testing the reliability of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) sensors (limit of detection, sensitivity, resolution, operational considerations) at delineating a plume in 3 dimensions subsea, to be deployed using underwater monitoring mechanism (Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV) / Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) / wave-glider)
(3) To evaluate the generated sensor dataset, and explore post processing and machine learning techniques to detect, delineate, and manage produced water impacts
(4) To evaluate the miniaturisation and commercial viability of instrumentation to detect and reliably estimate the extent of produced formation water impacts.