Remote Sensing Data Processing and Analysis Techniques for Nuclear Non-proliferation

  • Joshua RutkowskiEmail author
  • Irmgard Niemeyer


Remote sensing offers analysts the ability to observe buildings and structures within nuclear facilities without visiting the localities in person. This chapter highlights some of the modern methods and technologies related to remote sensing data as it relates to nuclear non-proliferation and arms control verification. Commercially available techniques are discussed and examples related to the nuclear fuel cycle are used to illustrate the application for nuclear non-proliferation and arms control practices used by analysts. This chapter explains the sources of remote sensing data, how the data is stored and how it can be processed. Specific processing techniques including supervised and unsupervised classification, pixel and object oriented classifications as well as change detection methods are examined through the lens of non-proliferation and arms control studies. Throughout the chapter, common use case scenarios are provided in order to give the reader a better idea of how the topics are applied to verification activities. These paragraphs provide examples where the section’s topic is applicable in a non-proliferation or arms verification scenario.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülichGermany

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