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SkyTruth nonprofit environmental monitoring group launches accident map

Yesterday, SkyTruth, a nonprofit environmental monitoring group launched a real-time alert system to show air and water pollution, toxic spills, and other incidents on an interactive map. The SkyTruth Alerts system uses remote sensing and digital mapping to monitor pollution events in the United States. The times of the events are noted and whether toxic material is involved. Users of the system can track specific geographic areas and receive updates by email and RSS feeds.

SkyTruth receives reports from three sources currently: oil and hazardous material spills from the National Response Center, pollution response and investigations from NOAA’s Incident News, and incident analyses published on SkyTruth’s own blog. The system displays incident reports on a map or in Google Earth for a selected region. Visitors to the site can browse geographically or chronologically in an incident list.

Reports for a selected geographical area can be sent as an RSS feed or as a single “daily digest” email each day. SkyTruth has its central office in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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