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About - Climate TRACE


Climate TRACE is a global non-profit coalition created to make meaningful climate action faster and easier by independently tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with unprecedented detail and speed.

Our mission

We harness satellite imagery and other forms of remote sensing, artificial intelligence, and collective data science expertise to track human-caused GHG emissions with unprecedented detail and speed.

Climate TRACE’s emissions inventory is the world’s first comprehensive accounting of GHG emissions based primarily on direct, independent observation. Our innovative, open, and accessible approach relies on advances in technology to fill critical knowledge gaps for all decision makers that rely on the patchwork system of self-reporting that serves as the basis for most existing emissions inventories.

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Our members

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is known globally for his work to combat the climate crisis. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best-seller “An Inconvenient Truth,” which shares a title with the Oscar-winning documentary about the climate crisis. In 2007, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.” He is a founding partner and Chairman of Generation Investment Management and Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project.

Blue Sky Analytics leads the Climate TRACE work on land use and land cover change by fires. They combine satellite data with ground measurements into a comprehensive platform to provide high-resolution, high-frequency, and near-real-time information on key environmental indicators in air, water, and land.


Carbon Yield leads Climate TRACE's work in the agricultural sector. Their collaborations with researchers across the globe help solve challenging emissions reporting and accounting challenges in ways that improve the credibility and impact of greenhouse gas markets and ultimately incentivize more regenerative food production systems.


Earthrise Media leads the Climate TRACE user interface and platform development. Earthrise is a philanthropic organization that converts Earth systems data into relevant and actionable knowledge to combat climate change. Earthrise develops and supports policies that fully access and utilize satellite data to both mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects.

ui & platform development

The mission of Global Energy Monitor is to develop open information in support of the climate/clean energy movement. GEM supplies Climate TRACE with data on coal plants, gas plants, oil plants, steel plants, Chinese "teapot" refineries, bioenergy power plants, and fossil energy ownership.

Power, Heavy Industry and Oil & Gas

Hypervine leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from mining and mineral extraction activities. Hypervine.io is digitizing the largest industry in the world. They help companies—especially in the construction and mining industries—understand how their sites can improve operations, in part through satellite imagery, AI, and blockchain technology.


The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) leads Climate TRACE coalition initiatives to understand the emissions associated with road transportation based on satellite imagery and other remote sensing data. APL provides critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis.


OceanMind leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from shipping activity. Using satellites and AI, OceanMind powers enforcement to improve compliance with fishing regulations around the world. At Climate TRACE, they’re now using their expertise monitoring oceans and vessels to understand the emissions associated with shipping.


RMI leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from oil refining and oil & gas production. RMI is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts that for nearly 40 years has published groundbreaking research and analysis. They work to decarbonize energy systems through rapid, market-based change.


TransitionZero leads the Climate TRACE work on emissions from heavy industry and co-leads the work on emissions from the power sector with WattTime. TransitionZero supports investors, governments, companies, and members of civil society seeking to support the shift to zero-carbon. They combine satellite imagery, machine learning, and financial modeling to provide near-real-time information to support business and policy decisions.


WattTime leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from the power sector, alongside TransitionZero. WattTime is a tech-nonprofit that empowers people, companies, policymakers, and countries to slash emissions and choose cleaner energy. Founded by UC Berkeley researchers, it develops data-driven tools and policies that increase environmental and social good.


Duke University leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from fuels combusted within buildings based on satellite-derived data. The Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke accelerates solutions for energy and environmental challenges through actionable research, sustained engagement with decisionmakers, and transformative educational experiences for future leaders.




  • Benificus Foundation
  • The partners of Generation Investment Management
  • Google.org
  • Al Gore
  • Schmidt Futures
  • Patrick J. McGovern Foundation


  • Climate Group
  • Descartes Labs
  • Duke University
  • GHGSat
  • Global Energy Monitor
  • Michigan State University
  • Minderoo Foundation
  • Planet Labs
  • Synthetaic
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

Special Thanks

  • Climate Change AI
  • Nikki Arnone
  • Avoin
  • Elliot Block
  • Peter Bronski
  • Allen Cao
  • CarbonPlan
  • April Chen
  • Michelle Chen
  • Val Cohen
  • Heather Couture
  • Wanda Czerwinski
  • Charmaine Dalisay
  • Benedicte De Gelder
  • Caleb Dittmar
  • Marvin Dong
  • Christopher Dowd
  • Shawn Drost
  • Clara Duffy
  • Dr. Sara Farag
  • Leor Fishman
  • Martin Fuhr
  • Ann Marie Gardner
  • Brian Goldman
  • Kevin Gurney
  • Jonas Hansen
  • Hudson Carbon
  • Iran Open Data
  • Justas Janonis
  • Mihir Joshi
  • Kathi Kitner
  • Dan Knights
  • Naoki Lucas
  • Harsha Vardhan Madiraju
  • Colin McCormick
  • Amar K Mehta
  • Paul Moura
  • Tiffany Nakano
  • James Palmisano
  • Barbara Ryan
  • Sheng Shih
  • Paul Bodnar
  • Siglar Carbon
  • Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
  • Patrick Song
  • Spire
  • Brady Spiva
  • Vitaliy Stepanov
  • Alok Talekar
  • Daniel Tyrrell
  • Natalie Vais
  • Julia Wang
  • Jon Wang
  • Andre Weertman
  • World Resources Institute
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