Fig. 1. A contrast of restricted and unrestricted satellite imagery of buildings in the West Bank, with a Maxar Technologies image (taken 22 August 2013) at 2m+ GSD on the left, and an Airbus image (taken 15 November 2013) at c.0.5m on the right. Map Data: Google Earth.

EAMENA leads reform on satellite imagery restrictions in the Levant

On 25 June 2020 it was announced at the 27th meeting of the Advisory Council on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) restrictions on the optical resolution of satellite imagery over Israel would be dramatically lowered from the current level of 2m Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) down to 0.4m GSD.

Translating EAMENA’s platform into Arabic: challenges and solutions

The EAMENA project documents endangered heritage in 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In all but Iran, Arabic is the main language spoken in these countries. Therefore, in order to enhance the value of the EAMENA database as a heritage mapping and management tool for researchers and institutions based in the MENA region, the team has prioritised translating the platform into this language.