Past Meets Present: SkyTruth’s Gali Polichuk Chats With Intern Alums/in General, Internship, Team /by Gali Polichuk
Our new communications intern tracked down a host of previous SkyTruth interns to learn how the experience impacted their careers
Internships are a great way to get a taste of the professional world and prepare for a future career. Personally, I was drawn to SkyTruth because I was inspired by their mission to give accessible, free data and satellite imagery to all. I also saw SkyTruth as a wonderful opportunity for professional growth. But starting an internship can be scary, exciting, intimidating, and rewarding.
Celebrating SkyTruth’s 2022 Program Accomplishments/in General /by John Amos
As we enter a new year, we face two of the greatest challenges of our time: a changing climate and a biodiversity crisis
At SkyTruth, we’re making sure the impacts of poorly regulated industrial activity on ecosystems and people don’t go unseen. By sharing the view from space, we’re removing the veil that protects those who pollute oceans with bilge, degrade critical habitats through mining, and warm the Earth by emitting methane. If people see with their own eyes the damage being done, they can put pressure on governments and businesses to clean up their acts.
Satellite Imagery Reveals Clues to a Mysterious Persian Gulf Oil Slick/in Internship, Oil & Gas, Oil Spill, SkyTruthing /by Kennedy Lawson
SkyTruth intern Kennedy Lawson follows the trail of an offshore oil slick with no clear link to vessels or infrastructure.
As a newbie, at first the tech-heavy work intimidated me; it was difficult to imagine how I would fit in.
That fear was quickly replaced with excitement. On my first day, I met the team and developed a better understanding of exactly how I would contribute to environmental change.
Russian Tanker Falsifies AIS Data, Hides Likely Activity Around Malta and Cyprus/in General /by Bjorn Bergman
A first-of-its kind discovery of deceptive ship location broadcasts by a Russian tanker underlines a growing risk of unregulated vessel activity
The maritime world is likely entering an unprecedented period of deceptive shipping practices by tanker operators seeking to avoid sanctions. The recent announcement of a price cap on Russian crude—and a new ban on Western companies insuring Russian cargoes—sets the stage for an increase in clandestine activities by ocean vessels. Not only does this intentional deception provide cover for possibly illegal activity: The misuse of the AIS collision avoidance system jeopardizes safety at sea by ratcheting up the risk of collisions, oil spills, and other serious accidents.
New Partnership Unites Marine Governance Advocacy and Tech to Defend Indonesian Waters/in Bilge Dumping, General, Oceans, Offshore, Protected Area Monitoring /by Joel Goldberg
SkyTruth and Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative join forces to catch ocean polluters, improve compliance, and strengthen enforcement
SkyTruth’s efforts to hold ocean polluters accountable just received a big boost in Southeast Asia. SkyTruth and the Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative (IOJI), an environmental policy think tank based in Jakarta, have established a formal collaboration to detect chronic oil pollution from vessels in Indonesian waters.
SkyTruth Showcases Novel Use for Dynamic World Dataset at Geo for Good/in Alerts, Alerts How-to, General /by Dan Cogswell
A new, free collection of data—in tandem with Alerts—bolsters our ability to detect habitat change in near real-time
This Thursday (October 6) SkyTruth’s Chief Technology Officer Jason Schatz will speak at Google’s Geo for Good plenary session alongside conference organizers from Google and World Resources Institute (WRI). Jason will present technology developed at SkyTruth that focuses on the value of Google and WRI’s new Dynamic World (DW) dataset. DW is a near real-time, land use/land cover (LULC) dataset that we’ve incorporated into SkyTruth’s Alerts application.