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Part II, 10 The Role and Use of Satellite Imagery for Human Rights Investigations

Micah Farfour

From: Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation, and Accountability

Edited By: Sam Dubberley, Alexa Koenig, Daragh Murray

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 December 2020

Subject(s):
Access to information — Media — Corroboration

Remote sensing is the measurement of an object from a distance. While there are many kinds of measurement that could fall under that broad definition, the main interest for human rights research is the measurement of the earth's surface using optical sensors producing a two-dimensional spatial grid referred to as satellite imagery. This chapter discusses the use and analysis of satellite imagery and other remote sensing data for verification and documentation. It considers the history of satellite imagery, some of the various applications, and their importance in human rights investigations. It presents five case studies. It also looks at new things in the industry and where to access remote sensing data.

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