Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge Remote Sensing archives

PhD student and King’s EOES member Alejandro Coca-Castro attended Europe’s premier geosciences event, The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly, which was held in Vienna, Austria (April 24th – 28th, 2017). The main role of Alejandro’s attendance was to contribute to the EGU’s PICO session: “Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge Remote Sensing archives” with a 2-min- speed presentation of the preliminary results of the 1st year of his PhD at King’s. This blog post summarises the key context of the session as well as describing the main facts of Alejandro’s presentation.

Figure 1. Every year, the EGU holds a General Assembly in Vienna where different disciplines in geoscientific research (e.g. volcanology, atmosphere, climate, energy and the Earth’s resources) congregate. Source: EGU blog (2017).

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Characterising Gas Flares From Single Channel SWIR observations

By Dr Daniel Fisher, KCL Geography 

Gas flaring, the combustion of associated natural gas produced during oil extraction, is a significant global issue.  So much so that the World Bank has launched a number of programmes to tackle this undesirable activity, the latest being the ‘Zero Routine Flaring By 2030’ [1] initiative launched in April 2015.  Various indicators [1] point to the need for such initiatives: in 2014 around 145 billion cubic meters (bcm) was flared from a total production volume of 4306 bcm; representing $20 billion (USD) worth of fuel, or 750 billion kWh of electricity – enough to power the African continent for an entire year; the flaring of associated gas also contributes to climate change and constitutes ~1% of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions (2014 data).  Such flaring reduction initiatives are therefore clearly necessary. However, the question then arises: how can such initiatives be measured in their effectiveness at tackling the reduction of global gas flaring activity? Continue reading