Global Grids: Populations at Risk makes visible civilian Nuclear Power Plants in relation to territories of risk. 296 Nuclear Plants have been extracted from high-resolution satellite imagery from Digital Globe, through Mapbox, inNov 2015, and set against a dataset named the Gridded Population of the World.
This composite allows us to estimate and display population vulnerable to nuclear accidents based on a 30km, 75km and 175 km radius of each plant. Inadvertently the images captured from Mapbox have embedded within them another politics, which displays automatically, of transparency. Notice the blurring, blocking, and even manipulating of the satellite imagery exposed in the grid.
Global Grids: Populations at Risk is the first in a series of projects under the title, “Conflict Urbanism" in preparation by Center for Spatial Research, Columbia University.
Laura Kurgan-Project Director, Center for Spatial Research
Madeeha Merchant-Project Lead / Research Associate / Center for Spatial Research
Chris Stoafer-Data Scientist / PhD Candidate / Columbia University