Europe 1992-2013

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The limits of radiance as a data proxy

DMSP tends to be noisy in northern parts of the globe and regions with few cloudless days. At the same time, economic and population data are relatively robust for most european countries. In this case, satellite data offers little additional information. A few trends are nevertheless visible. Country borders are visible in the different degrees of illumination. Eastern Ukraine decreased in radiance.





Total Radiance Time Series


total radiance





Radiance and GDP

Including Latin America shows again a clean correlation between radiance and GDP

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