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Entry ID: Landscan

Abstract: The LandScan data set is a worldwide population database compiled on a 30" X 30" latitude/longitude grid. Census counts (at sub-national level) were apportioned to each grid cell based on likelihood coefficients, which are based on proximity to roads, slope, land cover, nighttime lights, and other data sets. LandScan has been developed as part of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Global ... View entire text
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Description: LandScan documentation.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Dataset Title: LandScan
Dataset Series Name: LandScan
Dataset Release Place: Oak Ridge, TN
Dataset Publisher: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Data Presentation Form: GIS Map
Online Resource:
Quality ORNL follows procedures designed to ensure that LandScan data are of reasonable
quality. If, despite these procedures, users encounter apparent errors or
misstatements in the data, they should contact LandScan User Services via
e-mail. ORNL does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of
any data provided.
Access Constraints While LandScan data is available free of charge, users must register to
access the data set. Your registration information will be used to provide you
with LandScan Global Population Data updates and publications. Your personal
information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, rented, or
used for non-LandScan purposes. Information may be reported to LandScan's
Use Constraints These data are for noncommercial use only. No third party distribution of all,
or parts, of the electronic files is authorized.
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Geographic Information Science and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: LandScan

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 865-241 9272
Fax: 865-241 6261
Email: bhaduribl at
Contact Address:
Geographic Information Science & Technology
PO Box 2008 MS 6237
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
City: Oak Ridge
Province or State: TN
Postal Code: 37831-6237
Country: USA
Distribution Media: Online
Distribution Format: ESRI GRID
Fees: No fees
Bhaduri, Budhendra, Edward Bright, Phillip Coleman, and Jerome Dobson, April 2002. LandScan: Locating People is What Matters. Geoinformatics Vol. 5, Number 2, pp. 34-37.

Dobson, J. E., E. A. Bright, P. R. Coleman, R.C. Durfee, B. A. Worley. 2000.

LandScan: A Global Population Database for Estimating Populations at Risk, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing Vol. 66, No. 7, July 2000, pp. 849-857.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-05-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23