Final call for papers: GRSG Oil and Gas Workshop July 11–12

The North American chapter of the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG), in collaboration with CU Boulder and the U.S. Geological Survey, will be holding a workshop in Boulder July 11–12 focused on the applications of remote sensing to the oil and gas industry. 

The workshop organizing committee is now seeking contributions from industry professionals, suppliers and vendors, academics and government officials concerning the applications of remote sensing across the full lifecycle of oil and gas projects. Please submit abstracts here by Friday, May 18.

Organizers are seeking contributions on the applications of remote sensing across the oil and gas project life-cycle such as:

Oil and gas exploration using remote sensing

  • Offshore oil seep mapping using SAR
  • Onshore seep detection using multispectral and hyperspectral data
  • Geological mapping using state of the remote sensing data and products
  • Exploration planning and HSE risk reduction using remote sensing products, e.g., seismic planning
  • Proximal sensing, e.g., hyperspectral core scanning

Applications of remote sensing to project planning and development

  • Remote sensing for determining environmental and social baseline and impact assessment, e.g., LULC mapping using satellite spectral data
  • Remote sensing for monitoring the environmental impacts during the development phase of projects, e.g., monitoring ocean turbidity during dredging
  • Satellite and aerial elevation mapping for project planning and monitoring development

Metocean applications of remote sensing for project planning, during operations of offshore assets

  • Monitoring sea state and currents
  • Ice monitoring in polar environments

Environmental monitoring applications of remote sensing during operations

  • Gas monitoring, including methane and other gases, to detect leaks and minimize the environmental impact of O&G operations
  • Mapping/monitoring of the environmental physical footprint, e.g., LULC mapping using satellite spectral data and monitoring wildlife using drone remote sensing
  • Monitoring of the broader impacts of oil and gas activities from the regional to global scale, e.g., flare monitoring using satellite nighttime lights data
  • Wildlife monitoring, e.g., use of drones for marine mammal monitoring

Monitoring oil and gas activities using InSAR

  • InSAR as a tool for reservoir monitoring of conventional and unconventional resources
  • Monitoring of the broader potential impacts of O&G activities such as induced seismicity

Emergency and oil spill response

  • Satellite SAR and aerial multispectral/hyperspectral remote sensing for mapping and quantification of offshore oil spills

Field and infrastructure monitoring

  • Pipeline surveillance using satellite, aerial and drone remote sensing
  • InSAR for O&G asset monitoring such as pipelines, facilities and slope stability
  • Aerial surveillance of active fields

Applications of remote sensing to asset retirement

  • Use of archival remote sensing data for documenting the physical and environmental footprint of O&G projects across their lifecycle, e.g., LULC mapping using satellite data archive
  • Use of remote sensing for monitoring remediation and reclamation, e.g., use of satellite, aerial and drone remote sensing to monitor re-vegetation efforts

Contributions covering cross-cutting topics

  • New platforms and sensors, e.g., small satellite constellations, new aerial and drone sensors
  • Big raster data analytics and AI, e.g., automation of LULC mapping using satellite data, detection of incursions to pipeline right of ways, drone data analytics such as automation of marine mammal detection
  • New capabilities for managing the deluge of data from remote sensing platforms