Satellite Images Drive Climate Conversations

Investment firms are turning to pictures from the sky to understand environmental impacts for alpha generation.


Satellite imagery is one of the many potentially profitable alternative datasets that hedge funds and investment management firms are starting to use in earnest. But firms should be thinking carefully about how they are going to use that data.

“The conviction behind how the data should be used and interpreted—that is what is generating alpha, rather than the data itself,” said Christine Chow, a director at Hermes Investment Management, who was speaking at this year’s Waters Europe conference.

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