SDSN Trends releases gridded population data report

May 13, 2020  - By
Report cover: SDSN Trends

Report cover: SDSN Trends

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) Trends (Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics) has released a new report, titled “Leaving No One Off the Map: A Guide for Gridded Population Data for Sustainable Development.”

According to SDSN Trends, gridded population data have emerged as an important resource for delivering actionable data in challenging circumstances, including in disaster response and health and infectious disease monitoring. Gridded population maps distribute data using grid cells, combining census results with additional information, such as geospatial data from satellites.

The report presents an overview, analysis and recommendations for the use of gridded population datasets in a wide range of application areas, from health an infectious disease monitoring and disaster response to determining sea-level rise and future water availability.

The report compares seven gridded population datasets from the POPGRID Data Collaborative and presents an intercomparison assessment of the use of different datasets and their varying outputs. It also addresses misconceptions and offers nine guiding criteria to aid users in their selection process.

Trends is an initiative of and is governed by SDSN. Trends collaborates closely with SDSN’s network, including by seeking opportunities to work with its regional and national networks on local data action solutions and other projects.

Check out the full report here.

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