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GIS Data: LandScan Global Population Database

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Meagan Duever
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Map & Government Information Library
Main Library sub-basement
Phone: 706-542-0451 (but I prefer email)

LandScan Global Population Database

LandScan is a global population database that shows geographical distribution of population at one-kilometer resolution over an average 24 hour period. Most national censuses count populations by measuring where people sleep (or reside) rather than where they work or travel. LandScan integrates daytime movements and collective travel habits into a single measure to produce a better representation of where people are located during an average day.  Datasets are available from 2000-2014.

Further information about LandScan:

How to access LandScan data:

  • WebApp LandScan Global Archive (GALILEO Login required for off campus access)
  • FTP download - please contact the Map and Government Information Library
  • ArcGIS 9.3 or higher: in ArcCatalog, expand the Catalog Tree, choose "GIS Services", then either "Add WMS Server" or "Add WCS Server"
     
    • WMS link - http://wms.cartographic.com/GWS/services/LandScan<YEAR>/Dataset/MapServer/WMSServer

      Replace <YEAR> with the data year you would like to access. For example, to access 2006 data, the link would look like this:

      http://wms.cartographic.com/GWS/services/LandScan2006/Dataset/MapServer/WMSServer

    • WCS link - http://wms.cartographic.com/GWS/services/LandScan<YEAR>/Dataset/MapServer/WCSServer

      Replace <YEAR> with the data year you would like to access. For example, to access 2006 data, the link would look like this:

      http://wms.cartographic.com/GWS/services/LandScan2006/Dataset/MapServer/WCSServer