Archived Webinar

Part 1/2 - Global Nightlights: Illuminating a New Direction for Worldwide Electrification Projects

"Learn about the VIIRS instrument and how it is used to detect electrification from satellites."

Fourteen percent of the global population today lack access to electricity. For poor households in rural areas, this means that they are still struggling to meet their basic needs for lighting and cooking.

The Global Nightlight platform, launched on November 15th, 2018, is a tool developed to help close this electricity gap. Using geo-referenced maps and providing unprecedented access to data from high resolution satellite imagery from NOAA, the platform provides tools and analytics to monitor the supply of electricity services from space every night. In the first of this two-part webinar series, you will learn about the following topics:

Introduction to the Global Nightlight Platform

An Overview of Electricity Access around the world

A presentation of the Global Electrification Platform (GEP) covered extensively is the Global Nightlight Platform's VIIRS instrument, and how it is used to detect regional electrification from satellites.

About the Presenters

Kwawu Mensan Gaba

Kwawu Mensan Gaba is the Lead Energy Specialist at the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, and Global Lead at the Power Systems Global Solutions Group at the World Bank. He initiated and has been leading the award winning and groundbreaking work of “Monitoring Electrification from Space” since 2011. Along the way, he developed strong partnerships between research institutes, academia and private sector as well as leveraged disruptive technologies to help resolve one of the most challenging issues of our planet, with a focus on Africa and South Asia where most of the 1+ billion without electricity access reside.

Kimberly Baugh

Kimberly Baugh is a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She works with the Earth Observation Group at NOAA as lead developer for nighttime lights product generation. Her current work utilizes nighttime data from the VIIRS sensors to produce three product lines: nighttime lights, nighttime boat detections, and fires at night. She also has extensive experience making global nighttime lights products using data from the DMSP-OLS sensor, which has a digital record back to 1992.

Brian Min

Brian Min is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Power and the Vote: Elections and Electricity in the Developing World (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His research uses high resolution satellite imagery to study the politics of rural electrification across the developing world. He has collaborated closely with the World Bank to develop new methods using remote sensing and statistical algorithms to plan and monitor electrification projects in settings including Senegal, Mali, Kenya, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. His current research focuses on the political targeting of power outages using high frequency satellite data. He holds degrees from Cornell, Harvard, and UCLA.

Benjamin Stewart

Benjamin Stewart is a Geographer on the Geospatial Operational Support Team (GOST) at the World Bank. Ben specializes in integrating geospatial insight into World Bank operations by leveraging satellite imagery and open-source data and tools. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, Ben worked as a software developer with ESRI in Ottawa, Canada, and received his master’s in Geography from the University of Victoria.

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