There are a lot of projects going on at SkyTruth. Some are established on-going efforts, others are new projects just being released to the public, and others are experimental, (generally un-funded), still-in-the-idea-stage kinds of projects.
Deep Water Horizon disaster of 2010. our Gulf Pollution Monitoring program tracks satellite imagery in the Gulf of Mexico, identifies potential oil spills, and alerts our Gulf Monitoring Consortium partners for further direct investigation.
Through our work with partner organizations trying to educate members of the US government on oil pollution caused by deep-water drilling, we have repeatedly heard that a 2003 publication called "Oil in the Sea III" is taken among regulators and policy makers as "the bible" when it comes to human-caused pollution in US waters. Well we read the book, and we think they got it wrong. So we're working on our own report, and we're making our analysis based on what we actually see in the water, not just what the polluters say is in the water.
alerts.skytruth.org, this service gathers pollution reports from several sources and plots them on a map, or in Google Earth. The service lets visitors zoom in to a geographic area of interest, browse recent pollution reports, and subscribe to receive updates when new pollution incidents are reported in that area. Partner organizations can also syndicate the pollution report content on their own websites.
We're taking our years of experience in the western US dealing with the impacts of gas drilling and fracking (horizontal drilling and hydro-fracturing) and applying it here in the east in the Marcellus Shale play. When they know they're being watched, they will clean up their act.
We are experimenting with using radar satellite imagery to track when Marcellus drill sites become active, verified with ground truth and aerial surveillance. This enables us to correlate fracking activity with surface water impacts, and also helps to make our hotspot maps more accurate.
Satellite time is expensive, and if you want an image of a site from last week instead of last year, it's often expensive or even impossible to get the image that you want, when you want it. So what we do in this case is fly over the site and point a camera straight down. But even a Cessna is not cheap to fly, so when there is really no budget, we strap a camera to a weather balloon and run it up on the end of a string. We're also working with remote control aircraft.