Population and Environment

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 460–473

A population density grid of the European Union

Brief Report

Abstract

This paper describes four methods used to produce dasymetric population density grids combining population data per commune with CORINE Land Cover, a map available for all countries of the European Union. An accuracy assessment has been carried out for five countries for which a very reliable 1-km population density grid exists; the improvement, compared with the choropleth map per commune, ranges between 20% for the weakest result in Finland and 62% for the best result in the Netherlands. The best results are obtained with a method using logit regression to integrate information from the point survey LUCAS (Land Use/Cover Area frame Survey); however, performance differences between methods are moderate. The dasymetric grid is distributed free of charge by the European Environment Agency, for non-commercial use.

Keywords

Population density Dasymetric mapping Downscaling CORINE Land Cover (CLC) Land Use/Cover Area frame Survey (LUCAS) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IPSC, JRCIspraItaly

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