Terra Populus: Integrated Data on Population and Environment

Terra Populus will integrate the world’s population and environmental data, including

  • Population censuses and surveys
  • Land cover information from remote sensing
  • Climate records from weather stations
  • Land use records from statistical agencies

Data that are interoperable across time, space, and scientific domain will allow us to understand the dramatic transformation of the earth’s inhabitants and their environment. TerraPop is developing this infrastructure to make it easier for researchers to use data describing people along with data describing the places they inhabit.



Beta version of Data Finder now available

The TerraPop team is pleased to announce that a beta version of the TerraPop Data Finder is now available. The system includes an initial data collection including census data for six countries, land use, land cover, and climate data. Users of the system will be able to browse data from all of these sources and create customized data extracts integrating data from multiple sources.

As a beta version, the system may have some bugs. If something breaks or doesn't work as expected, please let us know by contacting us at terrapop@umn.edu. The system is under active development, and new data will continue to be added.

Video Tutorials


TerraPop Beta Extract System Tutorial - Microdata


TerraPop Beta Extract System Tutorial - Area-level


TerraPop Beta Extract System Tutorial - Raster