Dr. Elena Berman is the Chief Science Officer of Kairos Aerospace, an emissions management company. Elena oversees all aspects of Kairos’ hyperspectral data, from hardware through analysis of raw data into actionable, geolocated methane emissions. In 2020, this data enabled oil and natural gas companies to eliminate 14.4 billion cubic feet of methane emissions, equivalent to removing 1.6 million cars from the road. Elena and her teams are also responsible for using Kairos’ basin-wide natural gas leak surveys to gain a deeper understanding of emissions across oil and gas basins.
Elena earned her PhD from Stanford University and completed postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Human activities and natural processes emit carbon into the atmosphere—not just CO2, but other greenhouse gasses, including methane, which has 85 times the impact of CO2 on global warming over 20 years. Spotting these leaks quickly not only slows climate change, it also eliminates huge amounts of waste. In 2019, Kairos Aerospace’s 30-person team had the equivalent climate impact of removing...