Current Projects

IMAGE: Innovative Methods for Applied Geospatial Evidence

The AAAS Geospatial Technologies Project has been awarded a two-year grant of $400,010 from the Oak Foundation. The project has two main objectives:

  1. To strengthen the scientific foundation of human rights-based geospatial analysis through advanced research projects, aimed at enhancing the toolkits available to practitioners; and
  2. To advance the use of geospatial technologies in international human rights and criminal litigation through partnership and collaboration with international courts and commissions, as well as through and several related research and documentation activities.
Developing a Research Community and Capacity for the Study of Cultural Heritage in Conflict

The AAAS Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project has been awarded a two-year grant of $199,897 from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and the Smithsonian Institution, the project will form a research community to develop common definitions and coding standards that will enable the future development of large-scale datasets documenting and quantifying the destruction of cultural heritage.

Past Projects:

Remote Sensing for Human Rights Project

The AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program has been awarded a grant of $800,000 by the Oak Foundation, based in London. The two-year grant will support the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project to:

  1. Determine the human rights-related applications of new high resolution and technically advanced satellite technologies, as well as underutilized lower resolution sensors; and
  2. Increase understanding among human rights courts and human rights organizations regarding the evolving and potential applications of geospatial technologies and associated research methodologies in human rights litigation.
Hostile Territory: Revealing Trends in Cross-Border Conflict Using Satellite Imagery

The AAAS Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project has been awarded an 18-month grant of $119,474 from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to analyze cross-border conflicts using satellite imagery and to identify trends for the future use of this technology as a means of conflict early-warning prediction and prevention.