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World humanitarian data and trends 2014

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This publication presents global and country-level data and trend analysis relevant to humanitarian assistance. Its purpose is to bring this information together in one place and present it in an accessible way. It is intended to establish a common baseline of humanitarian data that allow for comparisons across time. This data can be used to help support humanitarian policy decisions and provide country-level context that can support operational decision-making.

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Remote sensing technology in humanitarian situations

The proliferation of remote sensing technologies, primarily satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has resulted in their use by the humanitarian and human rights fields. In 2013, satellites and UAVs were used to primarily monitor and document events resulting from natural disasters and armed conflict. Specific humanitarian activities using remote sensing included IDP and refugee camp mapping, flood monitoring, damage assessments, conflict analysis, and response planning. Satellite imagery was used in most cases, but both technologies carry unique operational benefits and limitations. UAVs are increasingly being employed, such as in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

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