SkyTruth

 

SkyTruth is a non-profit environmental research organization using remote sensing and digital mapping to illuminate the environmental impact of human activity and promote conservation. Using satellite images, aerial photographs, and big data from state, federal, and commercial sources, SkyTruth staff track and analyze oil spills, oil and gas drilling, strip mining, deforestation, overfishing, and other sources of environmental degradation. SkyTruth's mission is to motivate and empower new constituencies for environmental protection through illuminating the issues that impact our planet.

During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill, SkyTruth was one of the very first organizations to publicly challenge BP's estimates of the rate of oil flowing from the damaged well. Using satellite imagery, SkyTruth tracked the spread of oil across the Gulf and revealed that BP's early estimates grossly misrepresented the enormity of the disaster.

 

For the Okaloosa SCIENCE Initiative, SkyTruth produces online environmental science education modules which engage the user with satellite imagery, geospatial data, and modern geographic information systems (GIS) such as Google Earth. Students and participants will learn how to use remote sensing and digital mapping to better understand how human activity is changing the world around us.