How Satellites, Algorithms and AI Can Help Map and Trace Methane Sources

Original Story by By Yael Maguire, Google, Feb. 14, 2024

Finding the source of methane emissions is key to helping energy and transportation companies reduce their impact on the environment. An estimated 60% of today’s methane emissions are a result of human activities, according to NASA. Emissions are also a result of livestock farming, wetlands, and thawing permafrost. Set to launch in early March with the help of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, a new methane-tracking satellite called MethaneSAT will use Google’s AI and infrastructure mapping to map, measure, and track methane around the world. After a few months with the satellite in use, the data will become available via Google Earth Engine to allow scientists and energy leaders to make future plans for their operations. Google will be working in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, the owner of MethaneSAT, to power methane detection algorithms with Cloud computing and applying AI to satellite imagery.

Photo Credit: MethaneSAT LLC

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