Accession Number:

ADA199354

Title:

Radar Detection of Hydrocarbon Gas Seepage Associated with Underground Oil and Gas Deposits

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-07-12

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

Small, simple marine radars have been successfully used for finding gas seepage indicative of oil or gas producing fields. There has been some controversy about the method of operation and the physical phenomenon detected by the radar but the basis for the technique is now better understood after discussions with the inventor, Robert Owen, and by observing how he operates in the field. It is believed that the radar is detecting the turbulence introduced in the lower atmosphere by the escape of hydrocarbon gases from the ground. Suggestions are offered for better understanding and exploiting this radar method for detection of hydrocarbon gases.

Subject Categories:

  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Fuels

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE