Journal Article

Detection of Rural Electrification in Africa using DMSP-OLS Night Lights Imagery

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/4401
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C. Journal articles published externally
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Min, Brian
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Gaba, Kwawu Mensan
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Sarr, Ousmane Fall
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Agalassou, Alassane
dc.date.accessioned
2013-10-17T22:19:54Z
dc.date.available
2013-10-17T22:19:54Z
dc.date.issued
2013-09-23
dc.description.abstract
We report on the first systematic ground-based validation of the US Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program’s Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS) night lights imagery to detect rural electrification in the developing world. Drawing upon a unique survey of villages in Senegal and Mali, this study compares night-time light output from the DMSP-OLS against ground-based survey data on electricity use in 232 electrified villages and additional administrative data on 899 unelectrified villages. The analysis reveals that electrified villages are consistently brighter than unelectrified villages across annual composites, monthly composites, and a time series of nightly imagery. Electrified villages appear brighter because of the presence of streetlights, and brighter villages tend to have more streetlights. By contrast, the correlation of light output with household electricity use and access is low. We further demonstrate that a detection algorithm using data on night-time light output and the geographic location of settlements can accurately classify electrified villages. This research highlights the potential to use night lights imagery for the planning and monitoring of ongoing efforts to connect the 1.4 billion people who lack electricity around the world.
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International Journal of Remote Sensing
dc.identifier.issn
0143-1161
dc.identifier.uri
http://hdl.handle.net/10986/16192
dc.language.iso
en_US
dc.publisher
Taylor and Francis
dc.rights
CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder
World Bank
dc.rights.uri
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/
dc.subject
nighttime lights
dc.subject
night lights imagery
dc.subject
electrification
dc.subject
DMSP
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validation
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rural electrification
dc.title
Detection of Rural Electrification in Africa using DMSP-OLS Night Lights Imagery
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dc.type
Journal Article
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okr.date.disclosure
2013-10-01
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Publications & Research :: Journal Article
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Publications & Research
okr.globalpractice
Energy and Extractives
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yes
okr.journal.nbpages
8118-8141
okr.language.supported
en
okr.peerreview
Academic Peer Review
okr.region.administrative
Africa
okr.region.country
Mali
okr.region.country
Senegal
okr.relation.associatedurl
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01431161.2013.833358
okr.sector
Energy and mining :: Power
okr.theme
Rural development :: Rural services and infrastructure
okr.topic
Energy :: Electric Power
okr.topic
Energy :: Rural Energy
okr.volume
34(22)

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