Remote Sensing for Slum Mapping and Characterization in sub-Saharan African Cities

The SLUMAP project (Remote Sensing for Slum Mapping and Characterization in sub-Saharan African Cities) is a two-year research project (2019-2021) funded by the STEREO-III programme of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO).

The overall objective of SLUMAP is to propose an open-source framework that allows for the processing of remote sensing images for (i) providing information on the location and extension of slums within a city and (ii) characterizing the physical environment within slums (i.e., in terms of greenness, built-up density, etc.) at limited cost. Our methods will be tested on a set of three sub-Saharan cities containing slums with different characteristics, namely Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

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COVID-19 in LMICs cities
On April 27 2020, by Sabine Vanhuysse
SLUMAP is part of the IDeAMapS Network, an evolving collaboration among “slum” community mappers, government statisticians, spatial data scientists, and others aiming to integrate our methods to map slums routinely and accurately at scale. As headlines continue to characterize LMIC cities and “slums” as looming COVID-19 catastrophes, the Network decided to document practical steps that communities, local governments, and others can take - and are taking - to respond to COVID-19. Read more...

WUF 10
On April 27 2020, by Sabine Vanhuysse
The SLUMAP team organized two events at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (8-13 Feb. 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE): Training event: Innovations in Mapping the Diversity of Urban Slums with Free Open-Source Solutions. This training event allowed participants to assess and discuss the innovation potentials of open-source geospatial technology for supporting sustainable urban development processes. Using examples and showcases, participants got GIS hands-on experiences of how to work with spatial datasets and tailor them to their needs in terms of information and analysis in link with deprivation levels and deprived areas assets (e. Read more...

Human Planet Forum 2019
On September 23 2019, by Sabine Vanhuysse
SLUMAP was present at the Human Planet Forum 2019. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Understanding Human Presence on Planet Earth’. A slum mapping session was organized on 1 Oct. 2019 (‘Leaving no-one and no place behind: The role of Earth Observation for mapping urban poverty at global scale’). Read more...