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Abstract

Humanitarian demining is interdisciplinary, encompassing subjects that span from Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics to the Social Sciences. Partners in this field are not only the suffering community and the deminers, but also researchers, industrial developers, Non Governmental Organizations, policymakers, etc.

There is common agreement, that the present approach in demining, means by making use of dogs, prodders, metal detectors and mechanical devices will not allow the global scourge of landmines to be overcome within the next 10 to 15 years as requested by the Ottawa convention.

New tools are needed. Especially in the domains of minefield survey, of close-in mine detection, of quality assurance after finishing clearance and last but not least for the verification of the adherence with the Ottawa Convention

The aim of the talk is to introduce experts in remote sensing sensor systems of different kinds, make them aware about the need for advanced tools for humanitarian demining, and invite an active brainstorming in order to find new solutions. Furthermore, the presentation will focus on the assessment of the potential of air and space borne systems for mine field survey. rvey.

Additional information

Authors: SIEBER A J, Technologies for Detection and Positioning
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Technologies for Detection and Positioning, JRC, Ispra (IT), 2000
Availability: Technologies for Detection and Positioning, Joint Research Centre, Space Applications Institute,21 020 Ispra (Varese), IT
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