Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MSc: Destroyed villages monitoring using Copernicus Fire service, OSM data and VHR satellite imagery

Suggested by: Lorenz Wendt, Stefan Lang, Martin Sudmanns


The aim of the EO4HumEn+ project is to develop and demonstrate innovative applications for satellite image interpretation and GIS to meet the diverse information needs of the humanitarian community. One task is to detect, to quantifiy, and to qualify the destroying of human settlements in conflict situations, as an indicator for population displacement. The current Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh impressively shows how the relation between settlement destroyment and people movement may look like.

Short description
This tool combines locations of villages, from OSM, global urban footprint or other sources like the Bill and Melinda Gates data from Nigeria with alarms from the Copernicus EFFIS system, which detects fires. Then, it selects cloud-free before and after images from S-2, and makes an automatic analysis for burnt areas at a better spatial resolution than EFFIS (with SemEO tools) . If there is an overlap, the system could then check for available VHR imagery from commercial providers. As test data, we have village points from Darfur via MSF and AI, from Myanmar (HRW), or the point data of villages of Nigeria could be used, although I do not know if burning down villages occurs there.

Project context
EO4HumEn+ (Extended EO-based Services for Dynamic Information needs in Humanitarian Action)

User organisation(s)
Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF), Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and other NGOs active in the humanitarian domain

any time

Prerequisites / qualification
Keen to collaborate in the GeoHumanitarian Action team at Z_GIS, passionate in using geospatial technologies for the humanitarian domain, interest in integrating EO data with other geospatial data sources, and using web-based processing tools.

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