Advanced Mapping of Urban Population Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa
30 January 2019, Nairobi, Kenya


Sub-Saharan African cities are experiencing fast urban growth associated with increasing intra-urban inequalities. A large part of urban residents are extremely vulnerable to health and disaster risks. Knowing how the population is distributed within highly heterogeneous cities is very important for health and vulnerability assessments, to help urban research and decision making.

This conference will expose the results of the MAUPP research project whose aim is to improve our spatial understanding and forecast of urbanization and urban population distribution in Africa through the use of remote sensing and spatial modelling.

Location: APHRC Campus, Kitisuru, Nrb., Nairobi.

Please note that a workshop will also be organized on the next day. See here for more details.

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9:00 - 9:30 : Introduction
Welcome to APHRC | Caroline Kabaria, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
Monitoring Urban Trends in Africa using Spatial Data: UN-Habitat's Experience and Future Prospects | Dennis Mwaniki, UN-Habitat
The MAUPP Research Project | Catherine Linard, University of Namur, Belgium

9:30 - 11:00 : Built-up mapping in SSA: challenges and opportunities offered by remote sensing
Fusion of SAR and Optical Data for Built-Up Mapping in Sub-Saharan Africa | Yann Forget, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Mapping Land Cover and Land Use at Very High Spatial Resolution | Taïs Grippa, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

11:30 - 12:30 : Modelling Urban Population Patterns
Modelling Intra-Urban Population Distribution Using Freely Available Datasets | Jessica Steele, University of Southampton, U.K.
Added-Value of VHR Imagery for Mapping Population Distribution: Examples of Dakar and Ouagadougou | Taïs Grippa, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

14:00 - 15:30 : Large-Scale Settlements and Gridded Population Datasets
Urban Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa | Yann Forget, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Global Mapping and Characterization of Settlements in Space and Time | Sergio Freire, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Italy
WorldPop: Mapping Population Distributions, Demographics and Dynamics | Andy Tatem, University of Southampton, U.K.

16:00 - 16:30 : Remote Sensing for Monitoring the SDGs
Prospects for Global Monitoring of the SDG Slum Indicator with Earth Observation | Richard Sliuzas, University of Twente, The Netherlands

16:30 - 17:00 : Round table

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