By Keirissa Lawson

We have developed a hydrocarbon sensor array system that can detect different types of hydrocarbons in marine waters at varying sensitivities and in real time.

The sensors were originally used to explore for oil and gas resources, but are also being applied to study ocean changes, monitor our marine environments and measure the human impact on them.

The hydrocarbon sensor array has been deployed in a number of surveys, including to help monitor the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, study natural oil and gas seeps, and for petroleum exploration in the Perth Basin.

Here are some great pics of our work in this field.