Satellite Applications Catapult
IDENTIFYING ILLEGAL MINING IN COLOMBIA
Illegal Gold mining is thought to make up 80% of gold mined in Colombia. It damages the environment and local communities, and is a key source of fnance for criminal organisations.
The Columbian Police have sought ways to stop this crime. The UK Space Agency believed its data could help.
There was a wide range of data – satellite data, geological maps, police reports – but each data set was quite limited, and a lot of it was noisy and messy. Turning it into useful insights was a challenge. That’s what Decision Lab were called upon to do in this Satellite Applications Catapult led project.
Our second challenge was on the human side. How could we get the police to trust the system and use it to increase their arrest and investigation efficiency?
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