Using Google Earth to monitor threats to archeological sites
March 16, 2011
New monitoring system uses Google Earth to protect endangered archeological sites
A new alert system uses Google Earth and other satellite-based tools to protect cultural heritage sites from fire, looting, encroachment, destructive tourism, and other threats, says the Global Heritage Fund, the group that launched the initiative.The platform, dubbed the Global Heritage Network (GHN – ghn.globalheritagefund.org), relies on high resolution satellite imagery and detailed maps of 500 key archeological and cultural heritage sites in developing countries around the world. Threats are reported by people in the field, including local communities, researchers, authorities, and volunteers.