Mini-study: Conflict and nature in Iraqi Kurdistan

On Tuesday this week it was the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (November 6th). Throughout the day, various organizations and people shared articles about how conflict affects the environment and how we need to prevent further exploitation of the environment due to conflict. Along with 58 civil society organisations and…

Guess which border!

I’ve downloaded a bunch of Landsat 8 data over the Middle East that I am planning to use to create training data for land use classification (like I did in this paper). Exploring satellite data is very useful for finding interesting research questions. In this False Color Composite from summer 2015 it’s quite evident that…

Geo-Wiki Cropland Validation

I recently came across this great idea for validation of Land Cover data to improve global land cover maps. The Geo-Wiki Project allows volunteers to review and validate land cover by looking at Google Earth images and determining whether the classification is correct or not, based on visual interpretation and/or local knowledge. The plan is then to use…