Middle East 2000-2013

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Syria goes dark in 2011, the Emirates keep building freeways

The Middle Eastern region has seen many dramatic events, which are partly reflected in urban radiance information. Not all lights indicate cities; also oil and gas fields are clearly visible. Syria’s radiance increased until the civil war in 2011, after which radiance fell below 2000 levels. A similar effect can be seen after the Lebanon war in 2006. At the same time, the gulf coast of the Emirates, Quatar and Saudi Arabia see massive infrastructure development.





Total Radiance Time Series

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Radiance and Populaion


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