FEASIBILITY TO DETECT SIGNS OF POTENTIAL CO2 LEAKAGE WITH MULTI-TEMPORAL SPOT SATELLITE VEGETATION IMAGERY IN OTWAY, VICTORIA
Keywords: Land cover, Vegetation stress detection, SPOT VGT-S10, Multi-year images, potential CO2 leakage, NDVI, CCS
Abstract. This paper presents image processing results for the OtwayCO2storage site, a demonstration project of CO2 sequestration in south-western Victoria, Australia. These results were derived from SPOT-VGT S10 datasets of 2001 to mid 2011. Over 65,000 tonnes of CO2-rich gas stream was injected into a depleted gas reservoir at a depth of 2050 meters at the site since 2008. Over time, CO2 migration up-dip within the 31 m thick reservoir sandstone capped by the impervious thick seal rock has been recorded. But no top soil contamination has been discovered. This study has analysed the site vegetation growth using NDVI as a measure on a pixel by pixel basis. The multi-year time series result shows that NDVI values at the site regularly vary according to the seasons. Furthermore, precipitation levels were fluctuating in the past 10 years, especially in the years of 2002 and 2006, which correlated with low NDVI measuring results. But there are detected hot spots that cannot be linked with rainfall. Authors have found that some hot spots correspond with site well drilling and pipelines construction periods and locations. While others might be due to image data biased. Therefore, certain low NDVI spikes in the temporal evolution results cannot be attributed to only drought or pasture grazing. These subtle changes detected in the NDVI index prove the ability to use satellite image for providing valuable information to decision makers in relation to CO2 sequestration site environmental safety monitoring for searching CO2 leakage signals.