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Geospatial Analysis for Development (Geo4Dev) 2020 Symposium and Workshop

Conference   |  past event  |  Dec 11 2020

On December 10th-11th, CEGA’s Geospatial Analysis for Development (Geo4Dev) Initiative hosted an online symposium to showcase cutting-edge tools, datasets, and applications of geospatial data for global development research, followed by a hands-on workshop for those interested in building or honing their skills in this space. The convening also launched the Geo4Dev website (geo4.dev), a new open-access online hub for geospatial data, research, and tools; and (2) new Nighttime Light data sets that have been recently made publicly available for studying human economic activity and development trends.

Please direct any questions you have to info@geo4.dev.

Day 1: Thursday, December 10th (9:00 am – 1:20 pm PST)

Our Geo4Dev Symposium on Dec 10th featured a series of presentations, including a keynote talk by Christopher D. Elvidge, Director of the Earth Observation Group at Colorado School of Mines. Elvidge pioneered the development of global nighttime lights and led the production of a 21-year time series of nighttime lights (1992-2013) using data from the U.S. Air Force’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP).

AGENDA: 

9:00 am PST Opening remarks

9:10 am PST Session 1: New data and initiatives 

  • Ran Goldblatt (New Light Technologies)
  • Geospatial Analysis for Development Initiative 
  • Gabe Levin (New Light Technologies)
  • Geospatial Analysis for Development Website (Geo4.dev)   
  • Berber Kramer (Development Engineering; International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • Publishing in Development Engineering
  • Joshua Blumenstock (Center for Effective Global Action)
  • Using Mobile Phone and Satellite Data to Target Emergency COVID-19 Aid

10:00 am PST Session 2: Nighttime lights: applications in development research and operations (Part I)

  • Douglas Glandon (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie))
  • State of play for big data (including nighttime light) in impact evaluations
  • Alice Duhaut (Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group, World Bank)
  • Theophile Bougna (Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group, World Bank)
  • Geospatial Impact Evaluation of Highways: Evidence from Iraq and Morocco
  • Gordon Hanson (Harvard Kennedy School)
  • Using Satellite Imagery to Predict Local-Level Changes in Income and Population

11:10 am PST Coffee Break 

11:20 am PST Keynote address: Chris Elvidge (Colorado School of Mines)

Exploration the annual cycling patterns of nighttime lights in India: preliminary results

12:00 pm PST Session 3: Nighttime lights: applications in development research and operations (Part II)

1:10 pm PST Closing remarks 

Day 2: Friday, December 11th (9:00 am – 2:45 pm PST)

Remotely sensed data (e.g. satellite data) is rapidly becoming a critical component in geo-spatial analysis, particularly in international development when other sources of data are scarce. But the perception is that these data are too complex or costly (in terms of time and money) for general analysts to use.

Our Nighttime Lights workshop on Dec 11th broke down that perception using open source tools like Python and Google Earth Engine. Through a series of hands-on modules, experts trained researchers and policymakers–especially those based in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)–in the application of Nighttime Lights data to important policy questions. We covered Nighttime Lights data access, as well as interpretation, processing, visualization, and statistical analysis (including time series analysis).

Whether you are an analyst just starting out with Python, or a seasoned data scientist looking to sharpen your remote sensing skills, you may find this workshop helpful. After honing your skills, not even the sky will be the limit! Familiarity with Python or programming is preferred (beginner is OK) to get the most from the session, but we’ll also point to resources for training at all levels.

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Chris Elvidge
Colorado School of Mines
Theophile Bougna
Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group, World Bank
Gordon Hanson
Harvard Kennedy School
Mark Roberts
World Bank
Berber Kramer
Development Engineering and International Food Policy Research Institute
Marshall Burke
Stanford University
Ran Goldblatt
New Light Technologies
Joshua Blumenstock
CEGA
Alice Duhaut
World Bank
Kim Baugh
Earth Observations Group, University of Colorado, Boulder
Muneeza M. Alam
World Bank
Aiga Stokenberga
World Bank

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Video: Basic Visualizations and Operations - Daynan Crull | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Exploration the annual cycling patterns of nighttime lights in India - Chris Elvidge | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Geospatial Analysis for Development Initiative - Ran Goldblatt | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Geospatial Analysis for Development Website - Gabe Levin | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Geospatial Impact Evaluation of Highways: Evidence from Iraq & Morocco - Théo Bougna | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Granular Satellite Imagery to Evaluate Transport Corridors - Alice Duhaut | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Introduction to Open Data and Tools - Daynan Crull | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Introduction to Remote Sensing and Nighttime Lights - Kimberly Baugh | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Nighttime lights and strategic transport in BBIN countries - Aiga Stokenberga | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Publishing in Development Engineering - Berber Kramer | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: State of play for big data in impact evaluation - Douglas Glandon | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Statistical Analysis - Daynan Crull | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Using Satellite Imagery to Predict Changes in Income and Population - Gordon Hanson | Geo4Dev 2020


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Video: Using nighttime lights to analyze the economic impacts of COVID-19 - Mark Roberts | Geo4Dev 2020


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