Map of the Month Archives - State of the Planet

2001 mapon the left and 2010 map on the right show change in landcover classification on the border between Haiti and Dominican Republic

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

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.

Map showing loss and damage associated with coastal erosion in Micronesia, Kosrae

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

Improved satellite technology can enable more detailed and precise analysis of urban development patterns over time.

Map showing 8 soil management areas of Ethiopia.

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.

Map of Bhutan Population Distribution (urban and rural) of adolescent females in Bhutan

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

Focusing on near-term probabilities can also aid in decreasing vulnerability to future climate uncertainties.

screenshot showing settlements in Port-a-Piment, Haitia, watershed area

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.

map of Kenya showing roads

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.

Map showing population density and nighttime lights in South and North Korea

Bright Lights, Big City?

Researchers using nighttime lights data to ask questions about economic development in sub-Saharan Africa have findings counter to expectation.