How SkyTruth use Google cloud and ML help to scan the world’s oceans to detect the signs of oil slicks? | C2C Community

How SkyTruth use Google cloud and ML help to scan the world’s oceans to detect the signs of oil slicks?

  • 16 August 2022
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In the ocean, how many oil slicks are there? They have no idea where they are or how they got there.
You want to know about how a nonprofit environmental watchdog Google Maps, Machine Learning, and Cloud Computing are being used by SkyTruth to analyse radar satellite photos in order to look for indicators of oil slicks.

The conservation technology organisation SkyTruth is redefining how they track environmental impacts using Google Maps Platform, machine learning, and cloud computing, according to Mitchelle De Leon, Director of Impact and Strategic Partnerships at SkyTruth.
Additionally, he provides a detailed look at SkyTruth's Cerulean, a platform that use artificial intelligence to examine hundreds of radar satellite photos each day in search of indicators of oil slicks.

Cerulean will detect oil slicks from ships, offshore oil rigs, and other sources as SkyTruth intensifies the automation process. This will enable the creation of a worldwide map of oil pollution and the identification of polluters all over the world.

By making fact-based analysis freely available to activists, scientists, journalists, governments, and the general public, SkyTruth has a 20-year history of innovation in the use of remote sensing and sophisticated data analysis techniques. It uses this expertise to reveal environmentally harmful actions and make the impacts visible, measurable, and actionable.

Click the video below to get an explanation in further detail:


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This is amazing, @malamin ! The tools are there, it’s just combining them altogether in order to get results on whatever one can imagine. The combination of using Google Maps, ML and Cloud Computing is great for analyzing those radar satellite photos by SkyTruth in order to indicate oil spills. Just “wow!” 😎


All we need now is Oleo Sponges in the identified areas. I know Oleo sponges are not GC related, but they are related to your video, so, when you have a couple of minutes free, check out this amazing new technology: 



Thanks for posting this, @malamin 😎

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Thank you so much, @Dimitris Petrakis for referencing the video. It is a very effective way to filter oil from the vast ocean.