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Geospatial Analysis for Development (Geo4Dev) Summer 2022 Workshop Series

Technology Training   |   Jul 20 2022

The Bosphorus Strait splits the night lights of Istanbul, Turkey| Photo Credit: NASA Johnson, Flickr

Geospatial Analysis for Development (Geo4Dev) Summer 2022 Workshop Series

The Geospatial Analysis for Development (Geo4Dev) initiative is excited to hold its second workshop of 2022 onJuly 20th at UC Berkeley from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time.During these workshops, instructors will walk participants through three of our Geo4Dev learning modules Subways, Radiance Calibrated Nighttime Lights, and Crop Type Mapping (pending publication). Participants will learn how to use open-source satellite data and novel geospatial analysis tools to address important questions related to international development. The workshops will help students and faculty integrate geospatial into their research, and help practitioners at NGOs, government agencies and industry integrate geospatial analytics into their decision making processes.

The event will be held in-person at UC Berkeley (exact location TBD) with a virtual option as well. To register, please click here

This is the second of our 2022 Geo4Dev Workshops. Video from our first workshop held in Washington D.C. on May 12th will be made available soon on the two relevant tutorials pages – Applications of Remote Sensing for Impact Evaluation and Population Weighted Wealth.



Using a global subways dataset and radiance calibrated nighttime lights to analyze urban growth 

Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific Time)

Participants will run through code to import subway data, select locations or stations of interest, create summary statistics, and build maps and graphical visualizations, and learn how to access and manipulate data from sensors calibrated to avoid saturation of urban centers. This workshop draws on two Geo4Dev tutorials developed from Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and Matthew Turner’s use of radiance calibrated nighttime lights and a global geolocated subways dataset in their paperSubways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth (2018).


Crop type mapping using satellite data 

Shruti Jain & Vivek Sakhrani (12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time)

This workshop will guide users through the steps to combine publicly accessible satellite imagery and weather data, and large-scale nationally representative survey data on smallholder farming in a machine learning model to estimate where crops are growing over an area. Atlas AI will demonstrate the process for the African context, as documented inUnderstanding the Requirements for Surveys to Support Satellite-Based Crop Type Mapping: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa(2021).


About Geo4Dev

The Geospatial Analysis for Development, Geo4Dev, Initiative is run in collaboration between New Light Technologies Inc., the Center for Global Action (CEGA) out of UC Berkeley, and 3IE.

It is a hub for rigorous academic research and training that exploits geospatial data for the targeting, design, and evaluation of social and economic development programs. The initiative drives the development of new analytical tools and methods for conducting geospatial analysis across diverse sectors related to poverty and development including agriculture and food security, urbanization, climate change, humanitarian crisis, and disaster response.

The initiative brings together leading researchers, as well as government ministries, NGOs, and private enterprises to inspire novel research collaborations, share knowledge, and build capacity to utilize geospatial data, tools, and approaches.


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Date & Time

Jul 20 2022
09:30 - 02:30 Pacific Time

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