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In Haiti, Exploring What Drives People to Alter the Landscape
April 2014
In Haiti, Exploring What Drives People to Alter the Landscape Study of the Pedernales Watershed, located along Haiti’s southern national boundary with the Dominican Republic, may provide insights into the stark contrast in land cover patterns between the two countries.

A Spatial Analysis of the 2008 Itajaí River Valley Disaster
March 2014
A Spatial Analysis of the 2008 Itajaí River Valley Disaster Biophysical and socioeconomic risk factors—such as terrain, population distribution, settlement patterns, poverty, and governance—can combine to produce high levels of vulnerability to heavy rainfall, flooding, and landslides.

Coastal Erosion and Adaptation to Climate Change
January 2014
Coastal Erosion and Adaptation to Climate Change Increasing understanding of the extent of coastal erosion and its interaction with other naturally existing geographical features such as mangrove vegetation is one of the areas of research that may help reduce vulnerability of small-island developing states to climate hazards.

Night-time Lights Can Help Illuminate Trends in Urbanization
November 2013
Night-time Lights Can Help Illuminate Trends in Urbanization Improved satellite technology can enable more detailed and precise analysis of urban development patterns over time.

Emerging Use Cases for Digital Soil Nutrient Maps of Ethiopia
October 2013
Emerging Use Cases for Digital Soil Nutrient Maps of Ethiopia By basing efforts to improve soil fertility directly on soil nutrient composition, the Ministry of Ethiopia will be able to identify key problems that are often overlooked, and to customize responses.

Analysis of Spatial Data Combined with Teen Pregnancy Rates May Provide Increased Insights
August 2013
Analysis of Spatial Data Combined with Teen Pregnancy Rates May Provide Increased Insights Country efforts to improve the health and well-being of its populace may be helped by insights from improved population distribution data.

Climate Forecasts: A Vital Tool for Policymakers
July 2013
Climate Forecasts: A Vital Tool for Policymakers Focusing on near-term probabilities can also aid in decreasing vulnerability to future climate uncertainties.

Mapping Flood Exposure in Southwest Haiti
June 2013
Mapping Flood Exposure in Southwest Haiti Mapping flood exposure in Haiti is part of ongoing research at CIESIN on environmental risks and integrated development there.

Roads: An Essential Element of Development
May 2013
Roads: An Essential Element of Development Roads data are critical to planning and development of rural transportation in developing countries, where better transportation systems can help improve livelihoods.

Bright Lights, Big City?
April 2013
Bright Lights, Big City? Researchers using nighttime lights data to ask questions about economic development in sub-Saharan Africa have findings counter to expectation.