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Abstract

This paper focuses on the methodology for estimating total freight transport activity (FTA) for three countries  — China, India and Saudi Arabia  — with the objective of building on current state-of-the-art transportation modeling in three key areas:

  • Studying the relationship between nighttime lights (NTL) and FTA allows for an estimation of full transportation datasets for countries where only a few observation points exist or where data is unavailable.
  • Establishing the foundation for future work on how to use this approach in transport flow estimation (origin-destination matrices).
  • Determining whether this approach can be used globally, given the coverage of the satellite data used.

The paper uses the KAPSARC Transport Analysis Framework (KTAF), which estimates transport activity from freely available global data sources, satellite images and NTL. It is a tool for estimating freight transport activity that can be used in models to measure the impact of an accelerated transport policy planning approach.

The methodology offers a solution to inadequate data access and allows for scenario building in policy planning for transportation. This approach allows for quick estimation of the effects of policy measures and economic changes on transportation activities at a global level. The paper also includes a detailed guide on how to replicate the methodology used in this analysis.

Authors

Hector G. Lopez-Ruiz

Hector G. Lopez-Ruiz

Former Research Fellow Hector is a former research fellow at KAPSARC. He is a transport economist with 12 years of experience in five… Hector is a former research fellow at KAPSARC. He is a transport economist with 12 years of experience in five countries and is fluent in four languages. The focus of his work is on transport economic modeling, offering science-based solutions to aid policy making. He is experienced in building long-term sustainable transport policy scenarios and carrying out model-based policy analysis. During his career, he has modeled mobility for freight, vehicles, and analyzed policy-based carbon tax effects. He has worked for the French Energy Management Agency (ADEME); the French National Research Centre (CNRS-LAET); the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (ECCET-JRC) and the European Institute for Energy Research (KIT & EDF).  

Nora Nezamuddin

Senior Research Associate Nora is a Senior research associate currently working on assessing the current and future status of freight transportation in the… Nora is a Senior research associate currently working on assessing the current and future status of freight transportation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from a global and local perspective and understanding the energy demand in freight movement in India. She has also worked on renewable transitions policy and costs and their effect on electricity markets.

Expertise

  • Transport economics
  • Freight transport
  • Energy policies
  • Transport policy
  • Transitions policy and trade
  • Energy in transport

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Abdelrahman Muhsen

Senior Research Associate Abdel is a senior research associate in the Policy and Decision Science program. He is a certified Geographic Information System… Abdel is a senior research associate in the Policy and Decision Science program. He is a certified Geographic Information System (GIS) Professional (GISP), with over 17 years of industry and research experience in GIS and geo-information management. His research focuses on spatial economic modeling to better understand and forecast the interactions between economic activities, energy demand, land use, and transportation in urban areas. Previously, Abdel worked for world-renowned global companies, such as Accenture and ESRI, in North America and the Middle East. He served as a technical leader and senior consultant, guiding clients in the energy sector on how to extract value out of geospatial data assets, and GIS investments. Abdel holds an M.Sc. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Expertise

  • Urban Analytics
  • Spatial Economic Modeling
  • Sustainability and Urban Design
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing

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