Predictive GIS Modeling for Minefield Delineation in Post-conflict States

John Adrian Wenkoff

Abstract


This paper provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of Humanitarian Mine-action by outlining our current understanding of it, and how it is a factor in post-war state development. Focusing in on Mine-action at the strategic (vs. tactical or operational) scale, the paper outlines the current GIS based methods for solving the landmine problem as the backdrop for a GIS-data based experiment. The experiment entails the use of cutting edge Geo-statistical interpolation techniques, and produces GIS map layers that are predictive of landmine presence in Mozambique, Africa. Scientific discussion of the experiment is provided as well as direction for further research that is currently being conducted in this area.

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