Title: A population density grid of the European Union
Authors: GALLEGO PINILLA Francisco
Citation: POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT vol. 31 no. 6 p. 460 - 473
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC47485
ISSN: 0199-0039
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/h22617v812p51014/
DOI: 10.1007/s11111-010-0108-y
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Population data in the European Union (EU) are available at commune level. This paper describes the method used to produce a finer scale population density grid combining commune population data with CORINE Land Cover (CLC), a thematic map available for all countries of the EU. The results are distributed by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The information provided by the point survey LUCAS (Land Use/Cover Area frame Survey) has been integrated to improve the downscaling methods. A few European countries have also recorded population data as grids of 1 km resolution. An assessment, carried out for 5 countries with the help of a more accurate 1-km population density grid, suggests that CLC allows reducing roughly by 50% the inaccuracy of the homogeneous representation of population density per commune. A method based on logit regression gives the best results among the approaches tested, but the accuracy is very similar for different approaches.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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