Applications of Remote Sensing/GIS to An Analysis of the Arab Fertility Transition


Institution: San Diego State University International Population Center

Description: The AFT project began as a pilot project (1998-2000) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to test the use of remotely-sensed images, geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial analysis to model the spatial and temporal variability in fertility in Egypt in both a rural setting (Menufia Governorate) and an urban setting (central Cairo). The results obtained from the pilot phase were sufficiently promising to extend the research to include a broader geographic coverage. The AFT was then supported by the National Science Foundation (2001-2004) and its geographic scope has been extended to other areas within Egypt, and also to urban and rural areas in Jordan. The project is administrated by the International Population Center, in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University Link to Project Summary.