While conducting imagery analyses may appear daunting, this guide is intended to break down the process of identifying, acquiring and analyzing imagery into concise steps with an emphasis on minimizing costs.
Introduction About the Satellites Evaluating a Project Identifying the Area of Interest Image Search and Identification A. As the imaging capability of high-resolution satellites has developed over the years, so too has the power to analyze the impact of conflict on infrastructure and other features identifiable from imagery.
Imagery is particularly useful for assessing the extent of violent conflict, forced displacement, and other human rights concerns in remote, inaccessible or otherwise tightly controlled areas of the world, such as Burma and Sri Lanka.
Each company operates satellites with less than one meter panchromatic (black and white) resolution, with some also capable of less than two meter multispectral (color) resolution.
For example, Digital Globe's World View-2 satellite has 50 centimeter (cm) panchromatic and 1.84 meter multispectral resolutions.
Searching for Image Sat Imagery Image Ordering Image Analysis A. Damage Assessment Report Generation Conclusion Introduction High-resolution satellite imagery can be used for human rights-related documentation, monitoring, and advocacy efforts.
In addition, the decreasing cost of geospatial technologies and increasing availability of geospatial data have made high-resolution imagery analysis a viable research tool for human rights organizations.
Evaluating a Project Many human rights issues, but not all, can benefit from the application of satellite imagery by human rights groups.
Events that involve person to person violence are unsuitable for imagery analysis due to the inability of most satellites to capture individuals on the ground.
Satellite imagery analysis projects typically involve documenting the damage to an area after an event has occurred.