UK: A team of researchers at the University of Southampton have started an online project to map population information in details from countries around the world. The WorldPop website aims to provide open access to global demographic data which can be used to help tackle challenges such as, poverty, public health, sustainable urban development and food security.
“Our maps and data are helping charities, policy makers, governments and researchers to make decisions which affect the quality of people”s lives. These could be as diverse as predicting the spread of infectious diseases, planning the development of transport systems or distributing vital aid to disaster zones,” said Dr Andy Tatem, geographer at Southampton. WorldPop combines country specific data from national statistics services, household surveys and other sources to construct detailed population distribution maps. Satellite imagery will also be used to provide information on the density of urban areas, land cover and transport networks, all of which are used to improve the accuracy of the population maps.