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.

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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.

VIIRS Nightfire Detections in Colombia and Venezuela, February 17, 2020.

This image shows the VIIRS nightfire (VNF) detections from early this morning in the northern end of South America.  The placemarks indicate detections, which are color coded based on temperature.  Red are the hottest and are locations with natural gas flaring. ...

EOG Poster File

The highly sought-after poster is now available for download.

Deer Park petrochemical fire

Petrochemical fire in Deer Park, Houston captured by two VIIRS instruments on on board SNPP and NOAA-20. See how we assess their temperature and scale.

Blackout in Syria

VIIRS DNB reveals power outage spatial and temporal patterns in conflict zones.

Trip the Light Fantastic

Check out the splendid world map, compiled with year worth of VIIRS derived nighttime observation.

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