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Crisis response teams tackling the 2011 Japanese Tsunami disaster and the 2010 Haiti earthquake were helped by access to information generated by a space technology known as ‘Earth Observation’. This view from space can also help the oil and gas industry – and not only in a crisis.
Also known as ‘remote sensing’, it involves using earth-orbiting satellites or dedicated survey aircraft to obtain timely access to information about the status of the surface of the Earth.
The advantages of this technology – both onshore and offshore – include:
- Establishing historic baselines for new developments to minimize health and safety risk exposure to people carrying out routine monitoring operations.
- Allowing timely and effective decision-making during an emergency response
Other applications could include:
- Sea ice monitoring
- Environmental baseline mapping
- MetOcean parameters mapping and derived modelling.
Earth Observation for environmental monitoring
Remote sensing data has been increasingly used for environmental monitoring in recent years. IOGP has recognized this trend and created a Task Force comprising members of Geomatics and Environment Committees to develop a document to provide good practices and lessons learned for the oil and gas industry. The objective of the Report No 629 Environmental sampling and monitoring from airborne and satellite remote sensing is to provide clear guidance to the environmental professional on how remote sensing may be applied to the range of common use cases encountered across the asset life cycle. Please also see this video and flyer.
Remote Sensing for Oil Spill Response
Satellite Remote Sensing is often used to provide support to Oil Spill Response. In 2016 IOGP and IPIECA delivered a Good Practice Guide (GPG) for Satellite remote sensing of oil spills at sea. This Report builds on two reports, the first produced on behalf of the IPIECA-IOGP OSR JIP entitled, An Assessment of Surface Surveillance Capabilities for Oil Spill Response using Satellite Remote Sensing, and the second published by the American Petroleum Institute (API) entitled, Remote Sensing in Support of Oil Spill Response.
The OGEO Portal, supported by the Earth Observation Subcommittee, creates a platform designed to allow an improved communication between the service providers and the oil and gas companies. To find out more go to https://www.ogeo-portal.eu.