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Table 1 Description of study sites

From: Validity and feasibility of a satellite imagery-based method for rapid estimation of displaced populations

Site name Country (region/city) Settlement type Crisis Reference population estimate Source of reference estimate Date of reference estimate Date of satellite image Notes
Kutupalong Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar District) Refugee camp Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar 11,047 UNHCR registration (unpublished data) 31 Dec 2009 29 Jan 2010 Also analysed a makeshift camp (estimated population 20–30,000) surrounding formal refugee camp.
Breidjing Chad (Ouaddaï Region) Refugee camp Sudanese refugees from Darfur 26,770 UNHCR registration (unpublished data) 31 Dec 2005 30 Jan 2006 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) demographic surveillance estimated 27,500 people [24].
Farchana Chad (Ouaddaï Region) Refugee camp Sudanese refugees from Darfur 19,070 UNHCR registration (unpublished data) 31 Dec 2004 11 Oct 2004 MSF demographic surveillance estimated 16 250 people [24].
>1 month between image and analysis dates.
Bambu Democratic Republic of Congo (North Kivu Province) IDP camp Insecurity and attacks against civilians 5871 UNOPS Data Center for IDP demographic surveillance [25] 31 Jan 2010 29 Jan 2010 Analysis date chosen to coincide with population verification exercise.
Mugunga III Democratic Republic of Congo (North Kivu Province) IDP camp Insecurity and attacks against civilians 1969 UNOPS Data Center for IDP demographic surveillance [25] 31 Jan 2010 29 Jan 2010 Analysis date chosen to coincide with population verification exercise.
Sherkole Ethiopia (Benishangul-Gumuz Region) Refugee camp Southern Sudanese refugees, mainly from Blue Nile state 13,958 UNHCR registration (unpublished data) 31 Dec 2006 8 Nov 2006 >1 month between image and analysis dates.
Shimelba Ethiopia (Tigray Region) Refugee camp Eritrean refugees 13,043 UNHCR registration (unpublished data) 31 Dec 2006 29 Oct 2006 >1 month between image and analysis dates.
Champs-de-Mars Haiti (Port-au-Prince metropolitan area) Informal IDP camp Earthquake 23,214 Médecins Sans Frontières/Epicentre census [26] 22 Apr 2010 30 Apr 2010  
Delmas 24, Sollino, Fort National Haiti (Port-au-Prince metropolitan area) Urban neighbourhoods with mixture of residents and informal IDPs Earthquake 39,349 Médecins Sans Frontières/Epicentre census [26] 13 May 2010 11 May 2010  
Kakuma Kenya (Turkana District) Refugee camp Southern Sudanese, Somali and other refugees 90,457 UNHCR registration (unpublished data) 31 Dec 2006 14 Jan 2007  
Bairro Esturro Mozambique (Beira municipality) Urban neighbourhood with few IDPs Residual displacement from civil war 9523 T-square method estimate by Epicentre [8] 15 Aug 2004 15 Aug 2004 Analysed only section of Bairro Esturro included in reference study. A census took place in Sep 2003 and yielded a similar estimate (9479).