Making sense of remote sensing

There are now a large number of satellite instruments in orbit that are studying the earth and gathering vast datasets on atmospheric conditions, vegetation indexes, temperatures, light frequencies and GIS coordinates of moving vessels. Advancements in UAV’s (drones) also make the localised gathering of remote sensing data a growing field. Digital processing, imaging and mapping helps make sense of these complex datasets and allows users to interact with them in meaningful way. The data used by the Gas Flare Tracker to locate and quantify gas flares is from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite. All subsequent calculations on gas flaring quantities and figures displayed are based on this measurement.