Using Nighttime Satellite Imagery as a Proxy Measure of Human Well-Being

Tilottama Ghosh, Sharolyn Anderson, Christopher Elvidge, Paul Sutton
2013 Sustainability  
Improving human well-being is increasingly recognized as essential for movement toward a sustainable and desirable future. Estimates of different aspects of human well-being, such as Gross Domestic Product, or percentage of population with access to electric power, or measuring the distribution of income in society are often fraught with problems. There are few standardized methods of data collection; in addition, the required data is not obtained in a reliable manner and on a repetitive basis
more » ... n many parts of the world. Consequently, inter-comparability of the data that does exist becomes problematic. Data derived from nighttime satellite imagery has helped develop various globally consistent proxy measures of human well-being at the gridded, sub-national, and national level. We review several ways in which nighttime satellite imagery has been used to measure the human well-being within nations.
doi:10.3390/su5124988 fatcat:n6iha5y7ejfmniptn57fn4wmpy