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.

Country Wide Power Outage in Pakistan

By Elijah Mt. Castle and Feng Chi, Hsu Pakistan's national power grid experienced a blackout lasting 18 hours in most areas. The power failure was caused by "an engineering fault" in southern Pakistan. The fault engaged safety systems across the grid and shut down the...

COUNTRY WIDE POWER OUTAGE IN PAKISTAN 1/11/2021

COUNTRY WIDE POWER OUTAGE IN PAKISTAN Payne Institute Earth Observation Group's Feng Chi Hsu and Elijah Mt. Castle satellite research showed that Pakistan’s national power grid experienced a blackout lasting 18 hours in most areas. The power failure was caused by “an...

Mount Etna Erupts

By Elijah Mt. Castle The Sicilian volcano of Etna erupted on Dec 13th in the night. Etna is the most active volcano in Europe. The eruption does not threaten the surrounding city of Catania. The eruption produced a jet of lava an estimated 100m into the air and an ash...

Project Canary Acquires Troposphere Monitoring 12/9/2020

Project Canary Acquires Troposphere Monitoring Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian comments on Project Canary’s latest acquisition that demonstrates its evolution in the field of emissions monitoring and data.  The Payne Institute's Earth Observation Group...

Foreword to the Special Issue on Advances in Remote Sensing of Nighttime Lights: Progresses, Challenges, and Perspectives 12/3/2020

Foreword to the Special Issue on Advances in Remote Sensing of Nighttime Lights: Progresses, Challenges, and Perspectives Payne Institute Earth Observation Group Director Dr. Christopher Elvidge, Bailang Yu, Yuyu Zhou, Christopher Small, and Zuoqi Chen are editors for...

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