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A high-resolution population grid map for Europe

An article by JRC scientists F. Batista e Silva, J. Gallego and C. Lavalle, entitled 'A high-resolution population grid map for Europe', has been published in the Journal of Maps, 2013. In the article they test new geographical datasets, and produce a comprehensive and highly detailed European population grid map for the year 2006, with a spatial resolution of 100 x 100 metres, that is validated against reference data.

This cartographic exercise helps assess how dasymetric population accuracies are influenced by the use of ancillary data of different characteristics and resolutions.  Three dasymetric approaches were applied to create population grid maps for Europe, each with a different combination of geographical ancillary datasets. The resulting grid maps were compared against reference data to trace improvements in population disaggregation accuracies. The highest accuracies were obtained using a refined version of the CORINE Land Cover dataset combined with population densities derived from soil sealing information.



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