Study proposes method of identifying global poverty from space

Despite successes in reducing poverty globally in the last two decades, almost one billion people are still living without access to reliable and affordable electricity, which in turn negatively affects health and welfare, and impedes sustainable development. Knowing where these people are is crucial if aid and infrastructure are to reach them. A new International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)-led study proposes a novel method to estimate global economic well-being using nighttime satellite images.

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