Satellite data shows areas connected to electricity in last 23 years

Satellite data shows areas connected to electricity in last 23 years


US: A map has been formed that shows which part of the world have been connected to electricity. The map is formed from an arrangement of pictures, taken every night by satellites from 1993 to 2013. The map is created as part of an initiative taken under the Defence Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). As part of the program, they monitored the progress of electricity in every country by studying the nightlights around the world. It does so with the help of data compiled by over 1300 satellites in space over a span of twenty years.

This is especially so for lesser developing and developing nations where the rate of electrification is not very high. The Defence Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) has taken pictures of Earth every night from 1993 to 2013. It focuses on 600,000 villages in India and each spot on the map displays the light output of a specific village at a specific point in time.

According to the map, many remote parts of India have been electrified. However, the intensity and time of availability are not completely comparable to that of urban areas. States bordering India's neighbours still do not have electricity due to their remote location and vulnerability. “This visualization will be a powerful tool to supplement the Indian government’s efforts to ensure rapid electrification,” said Onno Ruhl, the World Bank’s Country Director for India.

Source: IndiaTimes