In Iraq and Syria, Imagery of Nighttime Electricity Use Illuminates the Impacts of War
MIN READOct 3, 2018 | 09:30 GMT
Residents of the besieged Syrian town of Douma ride through the street at night during an electricity shortage on Jan. 19, 2015.
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The outbreak of conflict in Syria in 2011, which quickly escalated to a full-blown civil war, has done tremendous damage to the country. One compelling way to visualize the devastation is using satellite night-light imagery.
Imagery that depicts electricity use at night is an illuminating tool that can be used to track population trends, economic developments and geopolitical shifts....