Satellite data finding more uses in E&D, other industry segments

01/16/2006
Pierre-Philippe MathieuEuropean Space AgencyRome One of the biggest challenges the oil and gas industry faces today is to extract the natural resources locked into the ground while minimizing cost and the impact on the environment.Meeting this challenge requires accurate and timely information on the environmental and operating conditions of oil and gas activities in order to aid decision-making. The traditional way to gather these data has been through field surveys. This approach is, however, very costly and resource intensive and can only provide local measurements.By contrast, remote sensing from space-referred to here as Earth Observation (EO) data-offers an attractive and competiti...
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