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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.

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....

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