ISSN 2070-7401 (Print), ISSN 2411-0280 (Online)
Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2020, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 267-274

Observation of the Ambarnaya River pollution resulting from the accident at the Norilsk Thermal Power Plant No. 3 on May 29, 2020

K.A. Troshko 1, 2 , P.V. Denisov 1 , O.Yu. Lavrova 1 , E.A. Loupian 1 , A.A. Medvedev 2 
1 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
2 Institute of Geography RAS, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 30.06.2020
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2020-17-3-267-274
On May 29, 2020, a fuel storage tank was damaged at the Norilsk Thermal Power Plant No. 3. As a result, the surrounding soil, streams, rivers and lakes were exposed to pollution. The paper presents the results of observing the consequences of the accident and measures to eliminate them using the data obtained by PlanetScope, Sentinel-1/2, SkySat and Resurs-P satellites from May 30 to June 15, 2020. It is noted that favorable weather conditions in the first days after the accident contributed to localization of a significant part of surface pollution of the Ambarnaya River mouth and its subsequent collection, and monitoring of Pyasino Lake did not reveal notable traces of surface pollution associated with the accident at the power station. Attention is drawn to the fact that the observed area is quite dynamic due to floods and surges. This fact should be taken into account when planning further works to eliminate the consequences of the accident.
Keywords: Norilsk, diesel spill, Ambarnaya River, Pyasino Lake, emergency monitoring, Earth observation satellite systems, remote sensing
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