Satellite imagery helps in landmine clearance efforts

Satellite imagery helps in landmine clearance efforts

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UK: The Halo Trust, a charity committed to removing landmines, is using satellite imagery from Google Earth to remove landmines from 14 countries throughout the world.

The Halo Trust is the largest landmine clearance agency in the world. It has cleared more than 13 million landmines and other explosive remnants of war over the past 25 years. It is now using Google Maps and Google Earth Pro to clear landmines. Experts show satellite imagery to local people and ask about the areas where they’ve lost their cattle or seen any signs of landmines. The information provided by the local population is then mapped using Google Earth Pro and the Google Maps Engine. “Google Maps, and in particular Google Earth Pro, are assisting us in our efforts, making mine clearance safer and more efficient so that we hopefully will not be marking our 50th anniversary,” said Guy Willoughby, CEO of The Halo Trust.

Source: halotrust.org