If you can see it,
you can change it.
SkyTruth is a conservation technology nonprofit using satellite
imagery and data to inspire people to protect the environment.
Our data on mountaintop mining in Appalachia allowed researchers at Duke University to demonstrate water pollution downstream from mining sites. This evidence helped the Environmental Protection Agency revoke a mine permit for the first time in its history.
With our partners at Google and Oceana, we launched Global Fishing Watch to stop illegal fishing at sea by using machine learning to map and monitor the world’s commercial fleet.
We tracked a 14-year long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico which forced the Coast Guard to finally take action to stop the leak.
Our data allowed researchers at Johns Hopkins University to determine the health impacts of fracking, leading to a ban in the state of Maryland.
We were the first to show that the BP oil spill was an order of magnitude larger than BP and the Coast Guard claimed.
Over the 162 years since the world’s first commercial oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania, a vast network of oil and gas wells, pipelines, pumping stations, storage tanks, refineries, and distribution lines has been built. And this network -- including the modern pieces -- is riddled with leaks. That’s a big problem, because methane in the air absorbs heat from the sun, warming up our atmosphere.
During an all-staff meeting in February, Cameron listened to SkyTruth’s Technical Program Director Ry Covington present his work on mapping vegetation in the Colorado River Basin. He knew he wanted to be involved. So he reached out to Ry and asked if he could help build the visualization dashboard for this data.
“I learned a lot.” That’s a common refrain from teacher, astronaut, and SkyTruth board member Barbara Morgan as she talks about her time with NASA.
We publish our most significant work and information about our tools on our blog.