Earth Observation Group

Utilizing cutting edge satellite technology and data to inform stakeholders on issues related to oil and gas, power outages, forest fires, and fishing.

Utilizing cutting edge satellite technology and data to inform stakeholders on issues related to oil and gas, power outages, forest fires, and fishing.

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The Earth Observation Group (EOG) specializes in nighttime observations of lights and combustion sources worldwide. The group started working with Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) data in 1994 and has produced a time series of annual cloud-free composites of nighttime lights. EOG’s current focus is on deriving products from nighttime Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data.

Cargo Vessels Waiting to Pass the Suez Canal Doubled in 24 Hours

By Fengchi Hsu Ever Given, one of the largest cargo vessels in operation, was stuck in the Suez Canal for days. This incident blocks the two-way traffic of the canal, which causes the number of cargo vessels waiting to pass the canal doubled in 24 hours from March...

Weeks Long Fire Contained in Similipal National Park

By Elijah Mt. Castle Similipal National Park has been aflame since February 24th 2021, and is now contained according to government officials. The associated tiger sanctuary also caught fire. The park, located in Odisha India, is an important biosphere for the...

Mt. Etna Erupts 4 Times in Four Days

by Elijah Mt. Castle Mt. Etna, in the Sicilian province of Catania, has been intermediately erupting for four days now. The eruptions began on February 16th 2021. At this time the volcano is no danger to any of the surrounding villages and the lava is flowing into the...

Power Outage in Texas Due to Extreme Weather

By Feng Chi, (David) Hsu Download full resolution image here Texas was hit by snow and freezing temperatures in mid-February 2021. Numerous areas experienced power outages as power plants and renewable energy sources shutdown and have been slow to restart. The outages...

Gravity Wave over United States

By Elijah Mt. Castle The propagation of a gravity wave has been detected in cloud cover over the Eastern United States. A gravity wave is a wave generated in a fluid by the force of gravity or buoyancy attempting to restore equilibrium in the medium, i.e. the waves...

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