Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a unit of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
1. Poverty Mapping: The Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live through development and dissemination of high-resolution spatial poverty distribution data sets.
2. Population-Environment Research Network: The Population-Environment Research Network seeks to advance academic research on population and the environment by promoting on-line scientific exchange among researchers from social and natural science disciplines worldwide.
3. Global Road Mapping: Roads and accessibility have consistently been found to be a significant factor in reducing poverty through access to markets and social services. Unfortunately, in many countries, existing roads are poorly mapped. This activity seeks to develop an improved global road map for public distribution.