The Book

Digital Evidence & eDiscovery Law Practice in Nigeria

Chapter 10

Satellite Image (Data) as Digital Evidence

Chapter 10 takes on satellite imagery as legal evidence. Although more than 30 years have passed since the first release of satellite data for non-military purposes, the technology remains greatly under-used in the courtroom. Fortunately, the advent of Google Earth has brought in its wake the emergence of cases with reference to auto and railroad accidents, environmental disputes, toxic torts, hurricane-related damage claims, agriculture insurance fraud and many others. These are just a few of the many examples of situations where satellite data could be useful in court.