UK: The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) has decided to set up the Earth Observation Subcommittee within its Geomatics Committee. This is aimed at making oil exploration more efficient.
Satellite and aerial imagery are the key tools to improve emergency response and also to make exploration and production more efficient. The subcommittee has been set up with the goal of increasing the industry”s use of Earth and aerial imagery. ””It is part of OGP”s comprehensive effort to improve prevention and enhance preparedness,”” said Palle Jensen, Geomatics Committee Chair. The subcommittee will focus on monitoring sea ice. It will be involved in environmental baseline mapping and monitoring as well as improving the mapping and modelling of meteorological and oceanographic parametres. The subcommittee will also support the Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR JIP) led by the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and OGP. It will work in close contact with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC).