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About - Climate TRACE

ABOUT CLIMATE TRACE

Climate TRACE is a global 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 as they happen.

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 countries that rely on the patchwork system of self-reporting that serves as the basis for most existing emissions inventories.

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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.

FIRES

CarbonPlan leads the Climate TRACE work on analyzing forest carbon emissions due to forest clearing. CarbonPlan is a nonprofit that analyzes climate solutions, with a focus on transparency and scientific rigor. They build open source data and tools; explain complex concepts with interactive data and visuals; and work with companies, non-profits, and government organizations to help analyze climate programs.

forests and land use

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

Hudson Carbon leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from agriculture including from manure, cattle, rice cultivation and more. Hudson Carbon is a research institute that studies the carbon storage potential of soil managed with regenerative agricultural practices - practices that are profitable while improving soil health and function. Hudson Carbon provides scientific data and develops simplified tests to quantify agricultural carbon sequestration.

AGRICULTURE

Hypervine leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from mining and mineral extraction activities. Hytpervine.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.

MINERAL EXTRACTION

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) Research and Exploratory Development program is co-lead on the Climate TRACE coalition for understanding the emissions associated with road transportation based on satellite imagery and other remote sensing data. JHUAPL provides critical contributions to critical challenges with analysis, systems engineering, and research and development.

TRANSPORT

OceanMind leads the Climate TRACE work on modeling emissions from shipping activity. Using satellites and AI, OceanMind empowers governments and the seafood industry 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.

MARITIME

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.

OIL & GAS

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.

POWER & MANUFACTURING

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

Power

CONTRIBUTORS

Funders

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

Partners

  • Avoin
  • EverImpact
  • Global Energy Monitor
  • Michigan State University
  • Minderoo Foundation
  • Planet Labs
  • Synthetaic
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • World Resources Institute

Special Thanks

  • Elliot Block
  • Allen Cao
  • Michelle Chen
  • Val Cohen
  • Heather Couture
  • Wanda Czerwinski
  • Benedicte De Gelder
  • Marvin Dong
  • Christopher Dowd
  • Shawn Drost
  • Dr. Sara Farag
  • Martin Fuhr
  • Brian Goldman
  • Mihir Joshi
  • Kathi Kitner
  • Naoki Lucas
  • Colin McCormick
  • James Palmisano
  • Sheng Shih
  • Paul Bodnar
  • Siglar Carbon
  • Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
  • Spire
  • Brady Spiva
  • Vitaliy Stepanov
  • Alok Talekar
  • Daniel Tyrrell
  • Natalie Vais
  • Jon Wang
  • Andre Weertman

FAQs



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