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Population – New modeling component


January 5, 2016 – By studying hospital occupancy rates in hospitals of countries where data is readily available, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers hope to further refine their population distribution and dynamics work. For this effort, researchers are focusing on night and day population density for more than 50 facility types, including hospitals. “This research is important to the project in support of the best modeling algorithms for building occupancy around the world, including in data-poor regions,” said Jason Kaufman, who will be presenting the work at the Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco. Kaufman noted that the data play an important role in natural hazards loss analytics, population distribution estimates and green building technologies.