High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Demolition of Avaza and Tarta
The Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project, a part of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), partnered with Crude Accountability and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights to investigate the status of human rights concerns in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan.
The report, High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Demolition of Avaza and Tarta, examined reports that the towns of Avaza and Tarta on the Caspian Sea- long a summer vacation destination for Turkmen citizens- had been demolished beginning in late 2006. To determine the chronology of the alleged demolitions, AAAS analyzed high-resolution satellite imagery of the towns, monitoring changes across multiple dates covering an eight-year period from 2002 to 2010.
Access the html version of the report here.