Art From Above: The World as Seen by SkyTruth

BY SHEILA VERTINO

Serving as a watchdog for the Big Blue Marble is the mission of Shepherdstown-based SkyTruth. To track human-caused changes to landscapes and ecosystems around the world, SkyTruth daily scans free satellite imagery from USGS, NASA and occasionally from the European Space Agency, among other sources of imagery and data. “Whether the issue is flaring in Nigeria, coal mining in Appalachia, drilling in Pennsylvania, deforestation in Siberia or uncontrolled fishing on the high seas, SkyTruth is watching,” explains David Manthos, Communications Director. “And we’re trying to make it easier for everyone to watch the special places they care about.”

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