EU age/sex stratified population: 100 metre grid
- The text on this page is taken from an equivalent page of the IEHIAS-project.
Even the highest resolution, LAU 2 level population data may be too coarse for some health risk assessments. Spatial modelling, therefore, may be required to disaggregate these totals to a finer grid. This has been done in several projects using land cover data as a basis for disaggregation (Briggs et al. 2007; Gallego 2010). Here the JRC population density grid (Gallego 2010) was enhanced by incorporating the age categories for both males and females from the census.
The modelling approach is illustrated below. Modelling involved proportioning the LAU2 level age/sex stratified data to the 100m cell on the basis of the JRC grid. Up to 28 grids (14 male and 14 female) were produced for each country depending on the structure of the age groups in the source tables.
Warning: These data are presented here at the 100m to offer flexibility in computing small area estimates at different spatial scales, however should not be taken to reflect population counts at the 100m level. Due to the lack of small area population data such as postcodes across Europe, these data were only validated for GB. Correlations (r) for total population were 0.92, 0.91 and 0.86 at the district, ward and 1km level, respectively. No correlation was found at the output area level. Similar modelling with validation found comparable results (Briggs et al. 2007), indicating that the 100m estimates could be reasonably aggregated to the 1km level.
Source / Reference
Three main sources of data were used to create these population grids:
- Small area census data
- Small area administrative boundaries (EuroBoundaryMap 1:1,000,000 January 2006 release)
- JRC population grid (version 4)
Each country zip file contains up to 28 ascii files. To import into ArcGIS use the ASCII TO RASTER tool, or for ArcInfo use ASCIIGRID with the FLOAT option to create floating point grids.
Data are based on ETRS89 Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area projection with parameters: latitude of origin 52° N, longitude of origin 10° E, false northing 3 210 000.0 m, false easting 4 321 000.0 m.
If a country only has a single zip file (e.g. be.zip or dk_0.zip), you can simply unzip it and use. However, if a country is large, it has several zip files, which are zipped twice. First, you have to unzip all files of a country (e.g. at.zip.001.zip and at.zip.002.zip). This will produce several volumes of a larger zip file (e.g. at.zip which has volumes at.zip.001 and at.zip.002). Merge these volumes and then unzip the country file at.zip to produce the actual ascii files.
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- Austria at.zip.001 at.zip.002
- Belgium be
- Czech Republic cz_0.zip.001 cz_0.zip.002
- Denmark dk_0
- Estonia ee_0
- Finland fi_0.zip.001 fi_0.zip.002 fi_0.zip.003
- France fr.zip.001 fr.zip.002 fr.zip.003 fr.zip.004 fr.zip.005 fr.zip.006 fr.zip.007 fr.zip.008 fr.zip.009 fr.zip.010
- Germany de.zip.001 de.zip.002 de.zip.003 de.zip.004 de.zip.005 de.zip.006
- Great Britain gb_0.zip.001 gb_0.zip.002 gb_0.zip.003
- Greece gr_0.zip.001 gr_0.zip.002
- Hungary hu_0.zip.001 hu_0.zip.002
- Ireland ie_0
- Italy it.zip.001 it.zip.002 it.zip.003 it.zip.004 it.zip.005
- Lithuania lt_0
- Luxembourg lu_0
- Malta mt_0
- the Netherlands nl_0
- Norway? Northern Ireland? ni_0
- Poland pl_0.zip.001 pl_0.zip.002 pl_0.zip.003 pl_0.zip.004
- Portugal pt_0
- Slovakia sk
- Slovenia si_0
- Spain es_0.zip.001 es_0.zip.002 es_0.zip.003 es_0.zip.004 es_0.zip.005 es_0.zip.006
- Sweden se_0.zip.001 se_0.zip.002 se_0.zip.003
- Dasymetric modelling of small-area population distribution using land cover and light emissions data. Remote Sensing of Environment. Briggs D.J., Gulliver J., Fecht D. and Vienneau D.M. 2007. 108(4):451-466.
- A population density grid of the European Union, Population and Environment. Gallego F.J. 2010. 31: 460-473.