Category: Earth Observation Group – Payne

The electricity scene from above: Exploring power grid inconsistencies using satellite data in Accra, Ghana 5/17/2022

The electricity scene from above: Exploring power grid inconsistencies using satellite data in Accra, Ghana

Zeal Shah, Noah Klugman, Gabriel Cadamuro, Payne Institute Earth Observation Group Research Associate Feng-Chi Hsu, Payne Institute Earth Observation Group  Director and Senior Research Associate Christopher D. Elvidge, and Jay Taneja write about how complicated systems are complicated to monitor. The electric grid is one of the most complicated systems, and subsequently goes under-monitored in many regions around the world that cannot easily afford expensive meters. Past work has shown that images taken by satellites during the night, capturing nighttime illumination (“nightlights”), could provide a proxy measurement of grid performance for minimal cost.  May 17, 2022.

Satellite Data Offers a Broad Array of Policy Insights 5/12/2022

Satellite Data Offers a Broad Array of Policy Insights

Payne Institute Communications Associate Chris Dunn and Director Morgan Bazilian summarize how satellite data is rapidly growing in importance for informing crucial policy decisions. Insights offered fall into one of three main categories: energy security and assessment, emissions and environment, and human and national security. May 12, 2022.

Estimating global economic well-being with unlit settlements 5/5/2022

Estimating global economic well-being with unlit settlements

Payne Institute Earth Observation Group writes about how it is well established that nighttime radiance, measured from satellites, correlates with economic prosperity across the globe.  For 49 countries spread across Africa, Asia and the Americas we are able to predict and map the wealth class obtained from ~2,400,000 geo-located households based upon the percent of unlit settlements, with an overall accuracy of 87%. May 5, 2022.  

NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce gets new director 4/27/2022

NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce gets new director

Payne Institute Earth Observation Group provided the satellite images for this NOAA announcement on their new Space Commerce director Richard DalBello, a venerable figure in government and the private-sector satellite industry, has been appointed to be the new director of NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC), the coordinator of space commerce policy activities within the U.S. Department of Commerce. DalBello officially will begin his duties on May 9.  April 27, 2022.  

Here’s how Colorado oil and gas companies say they are getting to net-zero emissions 4/20/2022

Here’s how Colorado oil and gas companies say they are getting to net-zero emissions

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how companies are going public with their climate goals using ESG (the E stands for Environment), as mindful investors push for change. But as sustainability funds thrive, what does “E” really mean?  April 20, 2022.

Power Outage in Afghanistan as Seen by DNB 4/20/2022

Power Outage in Afghanistan as Seen by DNB

Payne Institute Earth Observation Group Research Associate Tilottama Ghosh writes about how the economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the US Armed forces, which was completed on August 31st, 2021, can be viewed from ‘space.’ Areas which were lit before become dimmer or become completely dark because of the loss of electricity.  April 20, 2022.  

Ukraine War Gives U.S. LNG Chance to Shed Fracked-Gas Stigma

Ukraine War Gives U.S. LNG Chance to Shed Fracked-Gas Stigma

The Payne Institute Earth Observation Group provided the satellite data science the experts and employees of Cheniere Energy Inc., the largest U.S. exporter of natural gas, used for their high-stakes campaign to show Europe that as it abandons Russian gas, it can substitute the American variety without fear. Their job is to find the most efficient leak detecting system.  April 19, 2022.

LIGHTS OF A COUNTRY UNDER TALIBAN CONTROL 4/11/2022

LIGHTS OF A COUNTRY UNDER TALIBAN CONTROL

Payne Institute Research Associate Fen-Chi Hsu, Director Morgan Bazilian, and Communications Associate Brooke Bowser write about what the satellite views of Afghan city lights tell us about the economic and political state of the country.  Changing light patterns are not new for Afghanistan, which has dealt with rolling power outages for decades due to issues with supply and conflict, but the departure of US troops, the Taliban’s dominance, and the country’s plunge into an economic crisis create new concerns about electricity blackouts.  April 11, 2022.