Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 10/2013

Making discoveries in virtual worlds via the Cloud

Frank Pabian (ed.)

May 2013

Center for International Security and Cooperation


Analysts at CISAC, together with colleagues at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, are playing a leading role in deriving new, timely, and value-added information of global security and earth science relevance from a variety of open-source geospatial tools that include digital virtual globes like Google Earth together with satellite imagery available from commercial vendors via the internet Cloud. This article provides some discovery exemplars, by CISAC researchers and others, which have only quite recently become possible through the use of such tools.