GHSL: Global Human Settlement Layers, Population Grid 1975-1990-2000-2015 (P2016) [deprecated]

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The GHSL relies on the design and implementation of new spatial data mining technologies allowing to automatically process and extract analytics and knowledge from large amount of heterogeneous data including: global, fine-scale satellite image data streams, census data, and crowd sources or volunteered geographic information sources.

This dataset depicts the distribution and density of population, expressed as the number of people per cell, for reference epochs: 1975, 1990, 2000, 2015.

Residential population estimates were provided by CIESIN GPW v4. These were disaggregated from census or administrative units to grid cells, informed by the distribution and density of built-up as mapped in the GHSL global layer per corresponding epoch. (See "Development of New Open and Free Multi-temporal Global Population Grids at 250 m Resolution.")

This dataset was produced in the World Mollweide projection (EPSG:54009).

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The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) project is supported by the European Commission, Joint Research Center, and Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy. The GHSL produces new global spatial information, evidence-based analytics, and knowledge describing the human presence in the planet.


250 meters


Name Min Max Description
population_count 0* 1.34419e+06*

Number of people per cell

* estimated min or max value

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The GHSL has been produced by the EC JRC as open and free data. Reuse is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged. For more information, please read the use conditions (European Commission Reuse and Copyright Notice).


  • European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC); Columbia University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network - CIESIN (2015): GHS population grid, derived from GPW4, multitemporal (1975, 1990, 2000, 2015). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:

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var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('JRC/GHSL/P2016/POP_GPW_GLOBE_V1')
                  .filter('2015-01-01', '2015-12-31'));
var populationCount ='population_count');
var populationCountVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 200.0,
  palette: ['060606', '337663', '337663', 'ffffff'],
Map.setCenter(78.22, 22.59, 3);
Map.addLayer(populationCount, populationCountVis, 'Population Count');
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