SkyTruth Intern Detects Oil Spills in Niger Delta and Rio Del Rey Basins/in Cerulean, General, Offshore Drilling, Oil Spill /by Devin Thigpen
Close inspection of satellite imagery reveals sources of oil pollution off Africa’s coast, near vulnerable communities
Nigeria is not only the largest economy in Africa, but also the largest exporter of crude oil on the continent, exporting 1.27 million barrels per day in 2021. The Nigerian economy is—and historically has been—reliant on the hydrocarbon industry for foreign exchange income and tax revenue. The reliance on crude oil in particular for income generation has led to the widespread proliferation of offshore drilling operations in the petroleum-rich Niger Delta Basin.
Don’t Call It a Retreat: SkyTruth’s Reunion Rejuvenated Me/in General /by Joel Goldberg
Our newest employee shares some thoughts on his first visit to Shepherdstown, meeting the full team in person
SkyTruth’s in-person gathering two weeks ago—its first in 30 months—was what most work retreats wish they could be.
After a mere 5 days on the job, my supervisor, COO Jenny Allen, already was offering me a room at her father’s house, where I would crash during my 3 days in Shepherdstown. John Amos, our CEO, greeted me at the door upon my arrival and immediately offered to take me into town for a quick tour. The town’s charm—a little row of bars, cafés, and coffee shops flanked by Shepherd University’s McMurran Hall—set me at ease.
SkyTruth Welcomes New Communications Director Joel Goldberg/in Team /by Mitchelle De Leon
Leadership growth continues at a steady pace
In July, SkyTruth added the latest in a flurry of new team members: Communications Director Joel Goldberg. For more than a decade, Joel has worked on translating complex scientific information into engaging, public-facing content. His communications expertise crosses multiple domains, including outreach, events, writing and reporting, and multimedia production.
Persistence on the Path to Becoming a Master Coder/in General /by Austin Clack
Intern Austin Clack’s environmental monitoring projects reveal to him the enormous power traditional remote sensing techniques hold when paired with machine learning.
My name is Austin Clack. I am a SkyTruth intern and a UCLA Bruin, graduating this month. Since September of 2021, the exposure I’ve had to the wide range of SkyTruth programs and key issue areas has opened my eyes to the limitless potential remote sensing holds to provide invaluable insight into virtually any natural or anthropogenic phenomenon.
Oil Pollution from Commercial Shipping is a Big Problem, and Getting Bigger/in General /by John Amos
Cerulean is the tool we’re building to stop it
Late last week a group of researchers led by Dr. Yanzhu Dong — including SkyTruth’s Science Advisor, Dr. Ian MacDonald — published a major new study in the prestigious journal Science with a disturbing conclusion: commercial shipping is a major source of chronic, day-to-day oil pollution in our ocean, and pollution from shipping is rapidly getting worse.
The Chaotic Memoir of Breanna, a SkyTruth Intern/in General /by Breanna Xiong
Nyob Zoo! (Hello!)
My name is Breanna Xiong! I like to describe myself as a somewhat typical first-generation American college graduate. I’m Hmong-American, born to war-refugee-rice-farming parents, and was raised in California’s Central Valley.