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Geospatial Technology for Developing Natural Capital: Enhancing Energy Assets with Nature and Technology

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

SPE Gaia Talk webinar in collaboration with the SPE DSEA Technical Section.

The term “natural capital” refers to the stock of ecosystem natural resources that provide benefits to humans, such as clean air and water, biodiversity, and ecosystem services like pollination and storm resilience. Natural capital encompasses a wide range of resources and systems, including forests, wetlands, oceans, rivers, soils, and biodiversity. Energy firms have technical expertise in fields such as hydrology, geology, and ecology, which can be applied to the development of natural capital. This webinar reviews the use of artificial intelligence, geospatial software, and digital manufacturing techniques to quantify the economic value of natural systems with specific examples of nature-based techniques informed by digital technologies in the energy industry.

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  • 1Geospatial Technology for Developing Natural Capital: Enhancing Energy Assets with Nature and Technology - Chapter 1
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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


John KellyJohn Kelly has more than 40 years of experience in financial services including corporate banking, investment banking, institutional capital markets, private equity, electronic trading, and asset management. He has worked in leadership positions for some of the world's largest financial institutions including Citibank, Credit Suisse First Boston, Bear Stearns and Rockefeller Family & Associates. In addition to his work at Active Capital Partners, John is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Victory Fund, a $55 billion mutual fund complex, and an independent director of Caledonia Mining Corporation, a southern-Africa focused gold mining enterprise. John has a BA in American Studies from Yale University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Josh EtkindJosh Etkind, Shell Upstream Deepwater Digital Opportunity Manager with 23 years of energy industry experience. He led Shell’s early-stage LNG R&D (2014-18), and prior to that served as DW N. America Decommissioning & Restoration and Abandonment Manager from 2018-20. Etkind is a Petroleum Engineer by background, a certified Sustainability Practitioner, a Fellow of the Loyola University Institute of Environmental Communications, and attended the University of Cambridge Business and Sustainability Program. He concurrently serves as CEO of Sanitation for All, an International NGO focused on helping disadvantaged communities gain access to the basic human dignity afforded by clean drinking water, toilets and education. Having previously served on the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Board of Directors from 2007-’10, he is the 2021-23 Chair of the award-winning SPE Sustainable Development Technical Section and Chair of the SPE Gaia Sustainability Program.
Leonard NelsonLeonard Nelson is co-founder and CEO of Natrx, Inc., a technology firm focused on restoration for the infrastructure sector. Mr. Nelson has an engineering and business background and started his career with IBM Corporation, where he attained over $1B in enterprise software and hardware sales. After IBM, Mr. Nelson successfully founded three technology firms based on sensor fusion and artificial intelligence: Covisus Inc. and Senitron Inc., both active and profitable, and StyleWhere, Inc, which was acquired by Smartrac Technology Group NV. Mr. Nelson holds two US patents and received a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.