Title: An Improved Global Analysis of Population Distribution in Proximity to Active Volcanoes, 1975–2015
Authors: CARNEIRO FREIRE SERGIO MANUELFLORCZYK ANETAPESARESI MARTINOSLIUZAS RICHARD
Citation: ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION vol. 8 no. 8 p. 341
Publisher: MDPI
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC116796
ISSN: 2220-9964 (online)
URI: https://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/8/8/341
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC116796
DOI: 10.3390/ijgi8080341
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Better and more detailed analyses of global human exposure and risk of natural disasters require improved geoinformation on population distribution and densities, in particular concerning temporal and spatial resolution and capacity for change assessment. This paper combines best-available global population grids with latest data on volcanoes, to assess and characterize worldwide distribution of population from 1975-2015 in relation to recent volcanism. Both Holocene volcanoes and those where there is evidence of significant eruptions are considered. A comparative analysis is conducted for the volcanic hot spots of Southeast Asia and Central America. Results indicate that more than 8% of the world’s 2015 population lived within 100 km of a volcano with at least one significant eruption, and more than 1 billion people (14.3%) within 100 km of a Holocene volcano, with human concentrations in this zone increasing since 1975 above the global population growth rate. While overall spatial patterns of population density have been relatively stable in time, their variation with distance is not monotonic, with a higher concentration of people between 10 and 20 km from volcanoes. We find that in last 40 years in Southeast Asia the highest population growth rates have occurred in close proximity to volcanoes (within 10 km), whereas in Central America these are observed farther away (beyond 50 km), especially after 1990 and for Holocene volcanoes.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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