Just a few years ago it was a hard sell to argue the use of satellite imagery to detect small soft surfaced land parcels in cities that could potentially be used for urban agriculture (my favorite!). Some use satellite images to map refugee camps and marauders, environmental monitoring, tsunami relief, mapping conflict, development strategies, provide the means to measure the speed of rainforest destruction (providing you get pictures on a clear day!), ocean temperature changes over time, detecting minerals and a host of other applications.
But today Amnesty International released the following:
Amnesty commissioned the images to:
demonstrate the complete destruction of Porta Farm — a large, informal settlement that was established 16 years ago and had schools, a children’s centre and a mosque. The organization also released graphic video footage showing the forced evictions taking place prior to the demolitions.
This is a first for me to see and hear of a NGO using satellite images like this! Wonder if they had to pay any images fees?
|© Digital Globe, Inc. (2006) - Satellite image of Porta Farm, Zimbabwe, 22 June 2002||© Digital Globe, Inc. (2006) - Satellite image of Porta Farm, Zimbabwe, 6 April 2006|