WorldPop Project Population Data: Estimated Residential Population per 100x100m Grid Square

WorldPop/POP
Dataset Availability
2010-01-01T00:00:00 - 2016-01-01T00:00:00
Dataset Provider
Earth Engine Snippet
ee.ImageCollection("WorldPop/POP")
Tags
population demography worldpop

Description

High-resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions are a prerequisite for the accurate measurement of the impacts of population growth, for monitoring changes, and for planning interventions. The WorldPop project aims to meet these needs through the provision of detailed and open access population distribution datasets built using transparent and peer-reviewed approaches.

Full details on the methods and datasets used in constructing the data, along with open access publications, are provided on the WorldPop website. In brief, recent census-based population counts matched to their associated administrative units are disaggregated to ≈100x100m grid cells through machine learning approaches that exploit the relationships between population densities and a range of geospatial covariate layers. The datasets depict estimated number of people residing in each grid cell in 2010, 2015, and other years.

Further WorldPop gridded datasets on population age structures, poverty, urban growth, and population dynamics are freely available on the WorldPop website. WorldPop represents a collaboration between researchers at the University of Southampton, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and University of Louisville. The project is principally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bands

Resolution
3 arc seconds

Bands

Name Min Max Description
population 0* 21171*

Estimated number of people residing in each grid cell

* estimated min or max value

Image Properties

Image Properties

Name Type Description
UNadj STRING

Unadjusted: 'yes' or 'no'

country STRING

Country

year DOUBLE

Year

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

WorldPop datasets are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Users are free to use, copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the work for commercial and non-commercial purposes, without restriction, as long as clear attribution of the source is provided.

Citations

Citations:
  • Please cite the WorldPop website as the source: www.worldpop.org.

  • Americas population data: Alessandro Sorichetta, Graeme M. Hornby, Forrest R. Stevens, Andrea E. Gaughan, Catherine Linard, Andrew J. Tatem, 2015, High-resolution gridded population datasets for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2010, 2015, and 2020, Scientific Data, doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.45

  • Africa population count data: Linard, C., Gilbert, M., Snow, R.W., Noor, A.M. and Tatem, A.J., 2012, Population distribution, settlement patterns and accessibility across Africa in 2010, PLoS ONE, 7(2): e31743.

  • Asia population count data: Gaughan AE, Stevens FR, Linard C, Jia P and Tatem AJ, 2013, High resolution population distribution maps for Southeast Asia in 2010 and 2015, PLoS ONE, 8(2): e55882.

Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('WorldPop/POP');
var population = dataset.select('population');
var populationVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 50.0,
  palette: ['24126c', '1fff4f', 'd4ff50'],
};
Map.setCenter(113.643, 34.769, 7);
Map.addLayer(population, populationVis, 'Population');