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.



Terra Populus featured on "Eye on Earth" blog.  (Apr. 18, 2012)

"For a health project she was working on, University of Minnesota sociologist Anne Meier needed to know the average elevation, temperature and rainfall by district in Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. Tracy Kugler, a research associate at the Minnesota Population Center, was happy to oblige. After about 20 hours of gathering, organizing, integrating, and processing data from a half-dozen separate databases, she was able to hand over Meier the information she needed..."  read more

Press Release:

University of Minnesota receives $8M NSF grant for first-of-its-kind integration of global population and environment data
Terra Populus: A Global Population / Environment Data Network (TerraPop) will integrate the world’s largest population database with global-scale data on land use, land cover, climate change and more.

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