Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Author at State of the Planet

Aerial Image captured by a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone shows Columbia College students collecting vegetation data, for analysis utilizing near-infrared imagery to measure the health of plants on the surface. The data was the basis for a student-developed Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). Callicoon, New York, March 2022.

Students Take the Driver’s Seat in Drone-Enabled Geospatial Data Analysis

Columbia College students pilot drones to enhance the power of their geospatial data collection.

by Elisabeth Sydor |May 18, 2022
Four data sets reveal somewhat different areas at risk to sea level rise.

Improving Estimates of Population Exposed to Sea Level Rise: Not as Straightforward as It May Seem

Data choices are critical in assessing the risk of sea level rise faced by people living in low elevation coastal zones.

Map showing "Hotspots"--areas of intense activity--of migration in and out of countries of North Africa

New Climate Migration Modelling Puts a Human Face on Climate Impacts

New models project number of migrants within countries of six regions of the world to be up to 216 million by 2050.

Woman administering polio vaccine to a child

Technology Behind GRID3 Program Helps Eradicate Wild Polio in Nigeria

Geospatial data holds great potential to improve health, food security, and educational opportunities in developing countries.

Global COVID-19 Map Viewer Shows Case Data, Age/Sex Features of At-Risk Populations

A new tool provides data that can help identify populations most at risk from coronavirus, around the world and down to the U.S. county level.

Map of Urban Areas in the Low-Elevation Coastal Zone in Japan, 2015

Rising Seas Threaten Low-Lying Coastal Cities, 10% of World Population

In a new report, CIESIN researchers help to identify urban populations at risk from sea level rise. Their updated data set is meant to inform adaptation strategies.

Projected climate and other (non-climate/development) migrants in Mexico and Central America between now and 2050: total (top) and as a percentage of the population in the region (bottom)

Addressing Climate Migration Within Borders Helps Countries Plan, Mitigate Effects

A new report is the first to focus on longer-term climate impacts on crop and water resources, and the ways in which they may influence internal migration.

graphic showing Ghana’s scores for indicators in the category, “Investing in People.”

Indicators Support MCC Goals for Low-Income Country Development

One of the benefits of tying funding to achievement on a majority of indicators has been to increase the incentives for countries to perform well across a wide range of indicators.

High-resolution settlement data

CIESIN Teams with Facebook to Develop Open, Improved Settlement Data

New high-resolution population data will help us understand better how people are distributed in many countries throughout the world—as part of Facebook’s goal to connect people everywhere to the Internet.

Connecting Space to Village in West Africa

A new project, SERVIR-West Africa, will use space-based climate, weather land cover, and other NASA satellite data to address issues such as food security and the availability of fresh water in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Niger.