Satellite use growing to monitor facilities, map spills

Bud PopeSpatial EnergyBoulder, Colo.Adrian McCardle3v Geomatics Inc.Vancouver, BCAs the petroleum industry examines the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one positive takeaway is the success with which remote sensing technologies were deployed to map the extent of the oil spill and track its movements in the Gulf of Mexico.From just a few days after the explosion up until the present, BP and the US government have relied on numerous imaging satellites and aircraft to determine how much oil spilled, where it reached shore, and which beaches might be hit next.Although remote sensing has been utilized by the petroleum industry for decades in exploration and logistics appli...

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