GHSL: Global Human Settlement Layers, Population Grid 1975-1990-2000-2015 (P2016) (JRC/GHSL/P2016/POP_GPW_GLOBE_V1)

Version v1

The GHSL relies on the design and implementation of new spatial data mining
technologies allowing to automatically process and extract analytics and
knowledge from large amount of heterogeneous data including: global,
fine-scale satellite image data streams, census data, and crowd sources or
volunteered geographic information sources.

This dataset depicts the distribution and density of population, expressed
as the number of people per cell, for reference epochs: 1975, 1990, 2000,

Residential population estimates were provided by CIESIN GPW v4. These were
disaggregated from census or administrative units to grid cells, informed by
the distribution and density of built-up as mapped in the GHSL global layer
per corresponding epoch. (See “Development of New Open and Free
Multi-temporal Global Population Grids at 250 m

This dataset was produced in the World Mollweide projection (EPSG:54009).

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population_countNumber of people per cell


EC JRC (producer, licensor)
Google Earth Engine (host)
STAC Version 0.6.2
Keywords ciesin_derived, jrc, population
License proprietary
Temporal Extent 12/31/1974, 4:00:00 PM - 12/30/2015, 4:00:00 PM
Citation European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC); Columbia University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network - CIESIN (2015): GHS population grid, derived from GPW4, multitemporal (1975, 1990, 2000, 2015). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID: [](
Type image_collection
GSD metersm
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