How open source intelligence investigations capture environmental risk?

Open source intelligence investigations often involve unfamiliar environments, such as exotic street scenes in photographs, unknown fires in videos, or unknown group conflicts in unknown locations. With limited background information, some environmental investigation tools can help investigators quickly understand the location, time, and risk. In this article, we will introduce three open source intelligence environmental investigation tools.

1. EarthCam: Global camera live images

The EarthCam website brings together thousands of webcam live images, allowing users to freely explore different locations, get relevant information on weather, popular attractions, etc., and also take online virtual tours of some popular locations to familiarize themselves with the local environment.

The image below shows a live image of San Francisco Bay with related information.

2. RSOE: Emergency and disaster information system

The RSOE system, operated by The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signaling and Infocommunications, provides organizations, governments, and the media with rapid access to highly credible data to monitor, record and analyze all types of emergencies that occur around the world. Users can access the latest information on disasters and alerts from around the world in the system.

RSOE provides information on biological disasters, emergencies involving critical infrastructure (e.g., traffic disruptions), social events (e.g., local security conflicts, public safety incidents, demonstrations, terrorist activities, wars), ecological disasters (e.g., environmental pollution, natural disasters), geological disasters (e.g., earthquakes, landslides), hydrological observations (e.g., tsunamis), industrial accidents (e.g., building collapses), nuclear accidents, traffic accidents, security alerts, and weather alerts, traffic accidents, security alerts, weather warnings, etc.

RSOE provides real-time maps of global emergencies, with different icons representing different types of emergencies.

In addition, RSOE provides users with a list of emergencies, i.e., a text version of the map data at:

3. Risk Map: Global security risk map library

The Risk Map platform obtains data from various global media channels, continuously monitors information sources, and presents risk events around the world to users in a real-time map.

Different icons in the map represent different risks and events. Users can select the time period to be monitored in the Timeframe window.

The Risk Map categorizes the information provided, including categories such as security, health, threats, humanitarian, and political. Through the Filters window, users can filter the information according to their needs.

In addition, Risk Map also provides users with a textualized version of real-time intelligence, providing an overview of all emergencies.

The summary of a specific incident includes the type of incident, where and when it occurred, and the main elements of the incident, helping users to quickly understand the situation and assess the risk.