Terra Populus: Integrated Data on Population and Environment

TerraPop's Mission

Enabling research, learning, and policy analysis by providing integrated spatiotemporal data describing people and their environment


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

  • Population censuses and surveys
  • Land cover data classified from satellite imagery
  • Temperature, precipitation, and related climate data based on weather station measurements
  • Land use data derived from censuses and surveys in combination with remotely sensed data

Data that are interoperable across time, space, and scientific domain enable researchers to understand the dramatic transformation of the earth’s inhabitants and their environment. TerraPop integrates data across domains through location-based transformations among three major data structures: raster, area-level, and microdata. This integration enables researchers to discover and use datasets from other disciplines that they would otherwise be unfamiliar with or find cumbersome to use. With easy access to data from multiple domains, researchers are empowered to conduct cutting edge cross-disciplinary research to address complex problems at the intersection of human and natural systems.



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.