Thursday, March 17, 2011

History Database of the Global Environment (HYDE)

The History Database of the Global Environment (HYDE) provides population and land use data at the 5 arc-minute spatial resolution for the last 12,000 years.

For the population data, see Goldewijk et al. (2010) for the methodology used in version 3.1 (the latest version as of April 2011). The primary sources of historical population counts at the national level for HYDE 3.1 include:
World Atlas of Population History by McEvedy and Jones (Hammondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., 1978) (see this post for the application of this data in economics research)

A Concise History of World Population by Livi-Bacci (4th edition, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007)
For the data source of sub-national level population counts, see the description in Goldewijk (2005).

Used by Bluedorn et al. (2009) and Fenske (2013), the latter of which summarises how the data is constructed in detail on pp. 1369-1370.

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