Images, images and more images!

We’ve just finished a pretty big behind the scenes job here at SkyTruth, moving all of our images from an old location to our new gallery space in Flickr. So this will be the first in a series of blogs we’re going to post to re-introduce our images and picture galleries to you. Some of this work shows images we’ve created and collected for various projects over the course of the last few years. Oldies but goodies – we hope you enjoy them!

Flickr allows us to organize our images in Sets (based on a common issue or geography) and group related Sets into Collections. We’ll start this tour of our work by looking into our Natural Gas and Oil Drilling collection (probably our most popular gallery).

The first set we’re featuring is a big one (don’t be intimidated – click away!) full of satellite images, aerial photographs and other pics and maps showing the rapid spread of energy development in the Upper Green River Valley of western Wyoming, focused on the Jonah and Pinedale Anticline natural gas fields. This set includes time-series of images for both gas fields, spanning 1986 to 2008. Try out the Slideshow tool to see how this landscape has changed over time.

Air photo of natural gas drilling in the Jonah field, upper Green River valley, Wyoming. Photo credit: Bruce Gordon / EcoFlight.

This is an area we continue to monitor on an annual basis; we’re just finishing up processing a September 2010 SPOT satellite image to extend the time series of imagery being used by researchers who are studying the long term impact of energy development on two key big game species, Mule Deer and Pronghorn.

To read more about the Upper Green River Valley, the work we’ve done and the images we’ve produced, click here.