World Cultural Heritage and Satellite Images

Damage assessment on cultural sites that have been attacked or destroyed

UNESCO and UNITAR have joined forces to publish a report based on the use of satellite images to assess world cultural heritage sites that have recently been attacked and destroyed.

UNESCO world cultural heritage sites are the subject of intentional attacks, suffer collateral damage, are plundered or are destroyed by natural disasters.

UNOSAT UNESCO report Nimrid, Iraq (2015)


The UNESCO and UNITAR experts produced a report on sites in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Nepal. They used satellite images, including those from Pleiades.  In June 2016, they published the report entitled “Satellite-based damage assessment of cultural heritage sites”. Satellite imaging is proving to be a crucial step in damage assessment and planning of repairs.

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