Mine Action Centres, located in areas affected by mine remnants, and the entities (NGOs, private companies) in charge of conducting the clearance activities to release areas need to:
- get cartographic and geo-spatial information on un-explored areas, in any region of the World, for the first phase of Mine Action (non Technical Survey)
- get historical data about the same areas on land use and its changes
- prioritize the areas of on-site intervention (Technical survey, clearance...)
- integrate ground truth information (e.g. accidents...) and maps on a Geographic Information System (GIS)
e-GEOS is carrying out projects and activity with end-users (demining NGOs, international and national authorities) in order to provide remote sensing products suitable to support their action.
Even if any information has to be carefully verified with on ground survey, it turns out that Remote Sensing imagery (form satellite to RPAS) and derived products (thematic maps) are very useful to shorten the operational tim
e for non technical survey (the first and most time consuming phase of demining action).
In addition the analysis done with SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) time series of data provides information about human presence and activity in the surveyed areas, thus supporting risk assessment and prioritization of intervention areas.
All geospatial information are then integrated with “ground based” historical records in a GIS based spatial model to evaluate the map of mine risk associated to an area.