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Dr. Gaughan's WorldPop project makes news...

High resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions and their compositions are necessary to accurately measure the impacts of population growth, in order to monitor change and plan interventions. Andrea Gaughan, along with colleagues at University of Southampton (UK), Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), and the University of Florida (USA) have launched an online project to map detailed population information from countries around the world. The WorldPop website (http://www.worldpop.org.uk/) aims to provide open access to global demographic data which can be used to help tackle challenges such as, poverty, public health, sustainable urban development and food security. With principal funding coming from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (USA), WorldPop combines country specific data from national statistics services, household surveys and other sources to construct detailed population distribution maps.  Satellite imagery are also exploited to provide information on the density of urban areas, land cover and transport networks, all of which are used to improve the accuracy of the population maps.  Read more about the project here:

 

http://theconversation.com/natural-disasters-put-haiti-and-philippines-on-the-map-20879

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