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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 83-89

Estimation of natural gas flaring from satellite data

A. I. Godunov , M. N. Zhizhin 
Geophysical center of RAS, 119296 Moscow, 3 Molodezhnaya str
In this paper we propose a method for gas flaring volume estimation based on the analysis of night-time remote sensing data obtained from DMSP satellites. A mixture of Gaussian functions is used as a night-time imagery model. The main problems of the imagery model approximation are addressed. Gas flaring volume is estimated based on the regression of the parameters of an observed flare and the known flaring volume for several other flares. The analysis results are visualized together with source data using the Google Maps platforms, which makes a convenient tool for the assessment of gas flaring dynamics.
Keywords: gas flaring, satellites DMSP, remote sensing, nighttime lights
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