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.

Oil Well Explosion in India

By William Helms An ongoing fire in India exploded on July 22, 2020, injuring three people. Over the last two months, Oil India Limited (OIL) has suspended operations at well number 5 of the Baghjan oil field, located in the Tinsukia district of Assam, India. Problems...

Chinese Fishing Near North Korea Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem 7/31/2020

CHINESE FISHING NEAR NORTH KOREA IS A SYMPTOM OF A BIGGER PROBLEM The Payne Institute Earth Observation Group research provides the data for a comprehensive piece on China’s distant water fleet, and the robust scale of illegal fishing in the waters off the coast of...

Iraq Looking to Develop its Natural Gas Resource

By William Helms Since 2018, the United States has been putting pressure on Iraq to move toward energy independence. Iraq currently imports the majority of its natural gas from Iran, which is then burned for electricity. However, as a biproduct of its oil production,...

IRAQ LOOKING TO DEVELOP ITS NATURAL GAS RESOURCE 7/23/2020

IRAQ LOOKING TO DEVELOP ITS NATURAL GAS RESOURCE Payne Institute Earth Observation Group Willie Helms reviews VIIRS satellite imagery to see that since 2018, the United States has been putting pressure on Iraq to move toward energy independence. Iraq currently imports...

OGCI launches $1M partnership with Payne Institute to develop new web platform to map gas flaring 7/23/2020

OGCI LAUNCHES $1M PARTNERSHIP WITH PAYNE INSTITUTE TO DEVELOP NEW PLATFORM TO MAP GAS FLARING The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) has today announced a technical and financial sponsorship commitment of nearly $1M USD to the Payne Institute for Public Policy...

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