SkyTruth is pleased to announce that Jason Schatz is our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Jason previously led the Descartes Labs Sustainability Science team, which monitors the world’s forests using remote sensing data. He also spent six years as a community organizer in Dubuque, Iowa, where he led a successful campaign to commit the city […]
SkyTruth’s offshore infrastructure dataset can help identify areas at high risk of oil pollution events.
Although anyone can go to Google Maps and find most buildings in the world, we can’t do the same for infrastructure at sea. SkyTruth and our partners at Global Fishing Watch were inspired by this problem and created a dataset that allows us to locate offshore infrastructure. By applying three criteria, intern Breanna Xiong identified structures that have a high, medium, or low likelihood of being related to oil and gas production. This can make monitoring for oil pollution and identifying sources more efficient, and support SkyTruth’s project Cerulean.
SkyTruth helped investigative journalists report on the extent of the offshore oil pollution problem in Europe.
For the past eight months, SkyTruth has been working with a team of journalists and media outlets associated with Lighthouse Reports investigating the problem of chronic (and often illegal) oil pollution by vessels at sea transiting European waters. These outlets recently released a groundbreaking series of stories. In this blog post we explain how SkyTruth developed the estimates used by these journalists to reveal the extent of oily bilge waste in European waters.
SkyTruth intern Dhiya Sathananthan detected a drop in pollution reporting that might be linked to EPA’s temporary reporting suspension in 2020.
On March 26, 2020 the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency announced a temporary suspension in the enforcement of environmental legal obligations across a broad spectrum of activities. At SkyTruth, we feared an increase in environmental pollution might occur as a result of this policy and that industries might fail to report pollution events if they were not required to do so. Intern Dhiya Sathananthan dove into the data to find out what happened during this time period.
SkyTruth’s project Cerulean helped intern Breanna Xiong document Trinidad and Tobago’s chronic oil pollution problem.
Trinidad and Tobago – the small dual-island Caribbean nation – has been a top exporter of liquefied natural gas for years. Because of its significant oil and gas exploration, and what some Trinidadians would call poor corporate and government responsibility, oil leakages from offshore infrastructure are very common events in Trinidad’s waters. With the help of satellite imagery, SkyTruth has been able to directly observe and continuously monitor Trinidad’s chronic oil pollution.
New SkyTruth Alerts layer helps pollution trackers quantify flaring trends.
Those tracking methane flaring will want to try the newest layer in SkyTruth Alerts: a summary of monthly flaring activity that can be based on your current map view or selected Areas of Interest. Learn how in this post.