SatSummit 2024
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Ritesh Gautam, PhD

Lead Senior Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund. He/Him.


Dr. Ritesh Gautam is a Lead Senior Scientist who oversees the MethaneSAT science team at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He leads satellite remote sensing efforts at EDF in characterizing anthropogenic methane emissions using MethaneSAT observations and it's airborne version MethaneAIR, in order to help empower advocacy efforts to mitigate emissions worldwide. Ritesh ensures scientific validity and high quality of MethaneSAT’s data products in order to effectively quantify methane emissions. Previously, Ritesh was a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Climate and Radiation division (with USRA), where he was a recipient of the Scientific Leadership Award. Ritesh has also served as a tenured faculty member at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay). His overall research experience is in satellite remote sensing of methane emissions, aerosols, clouds, snow and broadly studying the climate effects of air pollution. Ritesh also serves as Co-Lead for the Atmospheric Composition and Asian Monsoon (ACAM) program - a joint IGAC/SPARC activity and has conducted multiple capacity building workshops in Asia on satellite earth observations. He has nearly 70 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed literature.

On the agenda

  1. Satellite Providers & Implementers

    May. 16, 11:10am
    The Forum

    A direct dialogue between satellite industry leaders and global development and humanitarian response experts. Panelists will share how their organizations are working to accelerate earth-informed action. Panelists will reflect on the past decade, the progress that we’ve made, and the areas where progress has been elusive. They will discuss how to work across the community in our common interest.


    1. Rhiannan Price


    1. Ritesh Gautam, PhD
    2. Joe Morrison
    3. Carrie Stokes
    4. Andrew Schroeder, PhD
  2. Informed Global Climate Investment

    May. 16, 03:00pm
    The South Hub

    Trillions of dollars are required to decarbonize energy infrastructure, build climate-adapted infrastructure, and preserve critical ecosystems. Up to 2/3 of this cost will fall on under-resourced local governments. Donors and private investors will be needed to meet our climate commitments, and these investors will require assurance that their investments are well spent.

    This panel aims to discuss this practical, medium-term, detail-oriented needs and brainstorm ways that EO data and services may help stakeholders put money into the right place and share success stories with stakeholders.

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)