ImageCat wins World Bank Africa exposure development project
12 Jun 2015
ImageCat and its project partners have been awarded a World Bank/ GFDRR contract to develop a physical exposure database for parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. The study covers the countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, and Uganda. The key tasks of the study will be to a) develop a spatial dataset of structural and infrastructural assets, including estimates of economic values, b) develop future population and GDP projections for the year 2050, and c) work in close collaboration with the four risk consultancy project partners to address earthquake, flood, drought, and landslide risks. ImageCat will be implementing methods of exposure database creation that it successfully developed and refined over 15 years of research. These methods rely primarily on the use of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to support ex-ante catastrophe modeling. ImageCat’s project partners include the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Earth Institute in Columbia University, the University of Colorado, Boulder, SecondMuse, and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi.