A typically higher standard of living in urban areas compared to rural ones does not rule out striking disparities within cities. SEDAC data from its Global Poverty Mapping Project is used as the basis for this map. Map 1.2, illustration for Chapter 1--Density, The World Development Report Online 2009.
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Spatial disparities within Urban SettlementsThe World Development Report 2009 – March 10, 2009
Earthquake Rocks ChinaWSJ Online – May 13, 2008
Disaster Awaits Cities in Earthquake ZonesThe New York Times – February 24, 2010
Data and maps compiled by SEDAC and the Center for Hazards and Risk Research are featured in a front-page news article in the New York Times (print version February 25) assessing the vulnerability of buildings in earthquake zones. “Where Shoddy Construction Could Mean Death” shows a map (top) that depicts the predicted number of deaths in Instanbul from a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, depending on the type of construction of the building. The second map (bottom) ranks the vulnerability of other urban areas in earthquake zones with more than one million people.
Caught in the Danger ZoneThe Wall Street Journal – January 13, 2010
Changing Global Patterns of Urban Exposure to Flood and Drought HazardsGlobal Environmental Change – January 15, 2016
Combining SEDAC’s Low Elevation Coastal Zone (LECZ) data and Natural Disaster Hotspots flood frequency maps with land cover imagery derived from NASA’s MODIS instrument, the researchers who developed SEDAC’s Global Grid of Probabilities of Urban Expansion data set ask how the global and regional patterns of urban growth in the near future will affect urban susceptibility to floods and droughts. What they found is that the extent of urban areas exposed to floods and drought will generally double by 2030, even without factoring in the potential impacts of climate change.
People Reported Missing via IReportCNN – February 23, 2010
NASA Data Helps Pinpoint Impacted Populations in Disaster AftermathSpace & Earth science/Earth Sciences – June 13, 2008
Beyond Seven BillionLos Angeles Times – July 23, 2012
Earthquakes and AftershocksCNN – February 23, 2010
Taliban Wages War on Police in Its New Front in PakistanThe Wall Street Journal – May 28, 2008
Scorecard on the EnvironmentNASA Earth Data Web Site – December 1, 2007
Geo QuizPRI’s The World – June 10, 2009
The report on linkages between climate and migration, In Search of Shelter, is featured in a daily geography quiz of the public radio program, PRI’s The World.