A multi-directional analysis of refugee/IDP camp areas based on HR/VHR satellite data


The main drivers of the investigation in this project are the environmental considerations, particularly the mutual influence between the environment and the camp inhabitants (included exposure to the natural hazards). Specifically, our team will perform a multidirectional HR/VHR satellite data analysis in time-series of several types of camps. The spatial analysis of the camps and their surroundings will be complemented by in-depth interviews, including the position of people working and/or living in investigated areas. The goal of social research is to identify the most important factors of the camp inhabitants’ activity which are the drivers behind the environmental changes. 

The interdisciplinary analysis will result in a recommendation and best practices for refugee/IDP camp areas management and the satellite monitoring system concept design. The project outcomes will be published on the developed “Online Geo-platform” providing the information on inhabitants’ activities in relation to the environment, including both the geospatial information and informative reports and additional descriptive data, to raise public awareness of the environmental changes taking place in the camp areas, their impact on the camp population and their causality, including the humanitarian assistance provided to the camps’ inhabitants on their way to self-reliance.

Project Objectives:

  1. Analyse and demonstrate examples of multi-temporal interaction between inhabitants and their environment in different camps types and locations to detect, monitor and predict short-term changes like rapid anthropogenic (installation/removal of Settlement); food security; natural destruction/impact (landslides, floods, etc.); and the long-term changes reflected in the different proportions of the land use/cover the different terrains share.
  2. Analyse and understand the socio-economic drivers of such environmental impact.
  3. Demonstrate the added value of remote sensing data analysis in monitoring and management of areas not accessible for “in-situ” measures due to security issues. Provide a concept of a future satellite-based operational monitoring system. Develop the roadmap for supporting the organization/management of such areas and minimize the negative impact of an interaction between inhabitants and the environment.
  4. Develop a socio-environmental informative system on refugee/IDP camp areas (formally and informally established settlements) in an online geo-platform.  Raise public awareness of the environmental changes taking place in the camp areas, their impact on the camp population and the impact on the provisions from the humanitarian assistance programs to help the inhabitants on their way to self-reliance.



2020 - 2023

Source of funding

POLNOR, The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)


Space Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, Bergen, Norway

National Foundation for Environmental Protection, UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, Warsaw

University of Warsaw, Centre of Migration Research