This is a comprehensive list of data and software sources for the Global Refugee Atlas. Content for the visualizations is retrieved from openly available remote sensing satellite imagery, crowdsourced social media data as well as a host of datasets from UNHCR and other international humanitarian agencies.
Satellite remote sensing imagery has been used to map growth of camps throughout the past five years. As processing platform we used Google Earth Engine, which allows to analyze data on the fly, to select images from different satellites and to filter them according to cloud coverage. Raw data comes from NASA's Landsat 8 and the more recent ESA's Sentinel 2a, which has a spatial resolution of 10 meters. Processed images were exported as tiles in the xyz format and saved in the Google Cloud platform, from which they are retrieved into the Atlas.
- Processing Platform
- Hosting Platform
- Raw Data
The perception chapter of this Atlas is built using posts from Twitter that contain the word 'refugee'. Those tweets are saved in a database hosted on a virtual server where Python scripts extract the most used words and run basic sentiment analyses. The next step will be to include more social media sources, such as the photo hosting platform of National Geographic 'Your Shot'
- Your Shot NG (tba)
The content of the Atlas comes from a throve of sources hosted on the web. The most important is data from UNHCR, which makes available tabular and geographic datasets on most of the activities it is involved with. Other agencies and NGOs complement these datasets with detailed reports on refugee camp structures and people's needs. Economic and cultural data aggregated by country are retrieved from the World Bank Database. A detailed list of conflict data was retrieved from the US based NGO ACLED.
- World Bank
- Humanitarian Data Exchange
We used a Carto basemap (based on Open Street Map) and satellite imagery from ESRI for the two storymaps in the Journeys chapter. All other maps are made with D3.js using vector data downloaded from the open source platform Digital Earth.
Libraries and Plugins