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Satellite Technologies for Monitoring Archaeological Sites at Risk

Francesca Cigna    Agenzia Spaziale Italiana    

Deodato Tapete    Agenzia Spaziale Italiana    



Satellite technologies are increasingly used to track looting in remote and inaccessible archaeological sites and assess damage to heritage. Evidence gathered in our study proves a growing user uptake of these technologies, beyond the specialist remote sensing community, but also that a more synergistic use of optical and radar data is required. The advantages of such an approach to satellite monitoring are demonstrated on Apamea, Syria. Current limitations and future perspectives are outlined, as an entry point to a comprehensive review published by the authors in the referenced journal article, that the readers are encouraged to refer to for a more in-depth and specialist discussion.

keywords: Looting. Archaeological remote sensing. Satellites. Change detection. Feature extraction. Pattern recognition. Google Earth. Synthetic Aperture Radar. Sentinel-2. COSMO-SkyMed.

Lingua: en

Presentato: 18 Gennaio 2021   Pubblicato: 31 Marzo 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-517-9/007

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