Advancing Urban Conflict Damage Monitoring with Google Earth Engine Time Series Analysis

Authors: Jamon Van Den Hoek*, Oregon State University
Topics: Remote Sensing, Human Rights, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: conflict, time series, humanitarian, remote sensing
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 48
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Modern warfare increasingly takes place within cities, resulting in widespread damage, loss of life, population displacement, and destroyed livelihoods. Moving well beyond traditional before/after change detection, this talk presents a Google Earth Engine satellite time series-based conflict damage monitoring framework with a Syrian Civil War (2011-present) case study. Using all available Landsat and Sentinel-2 images since 2000, this work reveals never before mapped patterns and sequences of urban conflict damage, and paves the way to near real-time monitoring using open satellite data.

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