MethaneSAT will find and measure methane emissions with unparalleled precision – including emissions that other satellites simply can’t see.
Some satellites can track methane on a global scale but can’t detect emissions from countless smaller sources responsible for much of the total. Others provide excellent data from known sites with larger emissions but can’t see beyond small areas.
With high precision and a wide view path, MethaneSAT will track not only the rate at which methane is being emitted and from where, but how those emissions are changing over time – making it easier to track performance against legal and voluntary targets, and prioritize solutions for maximum benefit.
The MethaneSAT mission objective is to both motivate and enable reduction of methane emissions from the global oil and gas sector by 45% by 2025, and 70% by 2030.
MethaneSAT will:Quantify regional-scale methane emissions from oil and gas operations worldwide down to areas of ~1 km2Identify and quantify emissions from large sources (> 500 kg/hour)Quantify aggregate emissions from thousands of smaller sources, as well as large intermittent sources.
We will also be looking at emissions from agriculture and other sources, with the goal of fostering methane reductions.