The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has produced a manual entitled “Introduction to Remote Sensing of Cross Border Conflicts: A Guide for Analysts” as part of a project by its Geospatial Technology Project staff to understand the use of satellite imagery as a tool for “understanding border conflicts and possible conflict prevention.” The manual is part of a broader project, Hostile Territory: Revealing Trends in Cross-Border Conflict Using Satellite Imagery, which has studied which elements of border conflict can be assessed via remote sensing methods and satellite imagery data. Three documents have been produced as a result of this project including this manual which is intended to identify “best practices in the interpretation of high-resolution satellite imagery in the context of border conflicts.” The project has made its project’s results and data open-source and freely available.
The manual is divided into four lesson plans and the associated KML data is available for downloading for uses with the various exercises. The first lesson discusses strategies for locating appropriate satellite imagery. The second lesson looks at evaluating civilian and military infrastructure in light of identifying areas of impending conflict. The third lesson looks at evaluating military vehicles and equipment and the fourth lesson looks at evaluating damage and direct evidence of conflict.