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Title: GHS-POP R2019A - GHS population grid multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015)


The spatial raster dataset depicts the distribution of population, expressed as the number of people per cell. Residential population estimates for target years 1975, 1990, 2000 and 2015 provided by CIESIN GPWv4.10 were disaggregated from census or administrative units to grid cells, informed by the distribution and density of built-up as mapped in the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) global layer per corresponding epoch.

This dataset is an update of the product released in 2016. Major improvements are the following: use of better maps reporting built-up density (GHS-BUILT); use of more recents and detailed population estimates from GPWv4.10; better representation of settlements along coastlines; critical revision of census units declared as unpopulated; WGS-84 grids added.

Marcello Schiavina 0000-0003-3399-3400
Sergio Freire 0000-0003-2282-701X
Kytt MacManus
How to cite
Schiavina, Marcello; Freire, Sergio; MacManus, Kytt (2019):  GHS-POP R2019A - GHS population grid multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] doi:10.2905/0C6B9751-A71F-4062-830B-43C9F432370F PID:
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    GHS population grid, derived from GPW4.10, for 1975, 1990, 2000 and 2015. Values are expressed as decimals (Float). The data is published at medium and low resolution (250m and 1km respectively) in World Mollweide (EPSG:54009). The grids in WGS-84 (EPSG:4326) are produced from the 250m World Mollweide grids and have a spatial resolution of 30 arc-seconds and 9 arc-seconds. The compressed ZIP...


  • publication GHSL Data Package 2019

    Florczyk, A., Corban, C., Ehrlich, D., Carneiro Freire, S., Kemper, T., Maffenini, L., Melchiorri, M., Pesaresi, M., Politis, P., Schiavina, M., Sabo, F. and Zanchetta, L., GHSL Data Package 2019, EUR 29788 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-76-13186-1 (online),978-92-76-13187-8 (print), doi:10.2760/290498 (online),10.2760/0726 (print), JRC117104.


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Last modified 2019-06-28
Issue date 2019-06-28
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Geographic area World
Temporal coverage

From: 1975-01-01 – To: 2015-12-30

Update frequency irregular
Language English
Data theme(s) Regions and cities; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 72 GEOGRAPHY
Digital Object Identifier doi:10.2905/0C6B9751-A71F-4062-830B-43C9F432370F

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