International Development

The world is becoming increasingly connected. There are new challenges that present immediate and long-term risks requiring solutions as complicated as the problems themselves. New Light Technologies (NLT) is working with the World Bank to assist developing countries in analyzing and responding to the most pressing issues facing them today. 

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing Analysis

We are helping expand the geospatial capacity of multiple World Bank teams, working on both the local and national scale. We are performing GIS technical support and data analysis; advanced methods for remote sensing analysis; and implementation of machine learning techniques for land cover and land use classification on a wide portfolio of international projects.

Some specific examples of NLT’s international work include the City Resilience Program (CRP). We’ve completed multiple products providing keen insights on the interrelations of economic development for the Bank’s City Resilience Program (CRP) – including the use of night-time lights to measure economic activity, flood/hazard exposure, land-use, and natural phenomena such as the Urban Heat Island.  Another is for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) program, for which NLT has ongoing work measuring the viability of newly available datasets (Fathom 2.0) in assessing risk exposure.

 

Capacity Building and Training

Our expert staff are also increasing the mastery of partner institutions abroad through workshops, training and curricula development. We work with participants in increasing their remote sensing skills and tool sets for use in satellite data analysis, including image interpretation and image classification, primarily performed through Google Earth Engine.

Research and Analysis

We’ve expertly designed, led, and implemented a wide range of applied research projects and initiatives focused on multiple developing countries, primarily utilizing free and open source satellite imagery and remotely sensed products. The deliverables often exceed expectations, whether they are easy-to-use user interfaces; research and white papers; online tools for decision-makers; or completed products. 

NLT’s work has often led to further iterations and deeper understanding for World Bank members. NLT’s proven methodology measuring flood extent was further utilized after Cyclone Fani struck Bangladesh. We have previously completed projects highlighting the limitations of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data in developing countries. That singular project that resulted in a widely distributed research paper that broadened highlighted operational ways to strengthen public stores of open geospatial data. 

While sovereignty lies with any given nation, some problems transcend borders. Our decades of experience in GIS, remote sensing and research and our commitment to the greater social benefit largely drives NLT’s work on the global front. For a broader overview the rest of our international work, check out the list below:

New Light Technologies’ International Work at a Glance

Our Past Projects

  • Assessing OSM Completeness for Management of Natural Disaster by Means of Remote Sensing:  A Case Study of Three Small Island States
  • Development Economics Data Group – Nepal Measurement of Economic Trends
  • Land Team – Land Use Mapping Ethiopia
  • Assessing Economic Activities in Conflict-Affect Areas in Myanmar and Capacity Building (on-site training)
  • Timor Leste – Open Satellite feeds for economic and public sector governance management
  • Urban flooding map with open source methods (CRP – CityScans, GFDRR)
  • Identification of land use transitions and their socio-economic impacts in South Asia and Africa
  • Assessing Tax Gaps and quality of cadastral records in Lesotho, Tanzania, Zambia, Vietnam and Ukraine
  • Open Cities Satellite Mapping and Analytics for an effective city governance 
  • Country Diagnostic Enhancement, Transportation corridors and economic development in India and Asia
  • Capacity Building in Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, and Timor Leste
  • Assessing Economic Activities Around Transportation Corridors 
    • Multiple countries
    • BBIN Countries
  • AI for Public Asset Management: 
  • Flood Tracking from Emerging Economy Cities (case study: Maharashtra)
  • Utilizing Satellite Data for Urban Resilience: 
    • Measuring the Urban Heat Island Effect 
    • Mapping Flood Extent in Bangladesh

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