CIESIN scientists have recently published a number of articles and reports on diverse topics, including citizen science data, data versioning and policies, coastal adaptation, and population mapping. Associate director of Science Applications Alex de Sherbinin is lead author of the article, “The Critical Importance of Citizen Science Data,” published in Frontiers in Climate and co-authored with members of the CODATA-WDS Task Group on Citizen Science Data, including CIESIN postdoctoral research scientist Carolynne Hultquist.
Senior digital archivist Robert Downs is co-author of two recent articles in the CODATA Data Science Journal. The lead author of the first paper, “A Review of Open Research Data Policies and Practices in China,″ is Lili Zhang, a research scientist at the Computer Network Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences who was a visiting scholar at CIESIN 2017–18. The second paper, “Versioning Data Is About More than Revisions: A Conceptual Framework and Proposed Principles,” was part of a Special Collection on Research Data Alliance (RDA) Results and stems from work by the RDA Data Versioning Working Group. The paper proposes six foundational principles for version of datasets: Revision, Release, Granularity, Manifestation, Provenance, and Citation.
CIESIN has contributed to a new report, Seizing the Urban Opportunity, the second in a series by the Coalition for Urban Transitions on how governments can transform urban frameworks to increase shared prosperity. The report features updated population estimates from the forthcoming NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) Low Elevation Coastal Zone (LECZ) Urban Rural Population Estimates version 3 data set. Kytt MacManus, senior systems analyst/GIS developer, is leading the update in collaboration with former CIESIN research scientist Deborah Balk of Baruch College and others.
MacManus is also a co-author of a recent paper in the journal Remote Sensing, authored by Daniela Palacios-Lopez of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany. The paper examines the use of DLR’s 2019 World Settlement Footprint Impervious Surface Layer (WSF-Imp) for the dasymetric mapping of population in Africa.
A report led by CIESIN, published under contract with Tetra Tech for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) project, reviews best practices for coastal adaptation in developing countries. Authors are Sylwia Trzaska, CIESIN associate research scientist; Emily Boytinck, project coordinator; Alex de Sherbinin, associate director for Science Applications; Sarah Smith, senior research staff assistant; and Anne-Laure White, research staff assistant.