Estimating Cities Destruction

Mosul, Iraq

Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Sana'a & Hodeida, Yemen


Client Brief

  • In conflict zones, estimating precisely the level of destruction is crucial to know where to focus on for humanitarian missions and reconstruction issues


Solution

  • Process high-resolution satellite imagery and Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data

  • Spot incoherencies between before/after conflict imagery/data to estimate destructions



Results

  • The team successfully detected destructions in Mosul, Raqqa, Hodeida and Sana'a coherent with field expertise and secondary sources

  • Our work led to several publications (see here and here)