Population density

Population densityClick the image above for high-resolution view

Population distribution and changes in population are one of the most important driving forces for global change. The number of inhabitants on our planet has rapidly increased in the last 100 years, and continues to rise. Population distribution is highly uneven, and population density is highest primarily in coastal areas in the temperate and tropical zone.

Map prepared as background and discussion material for discussion at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

The map uses the Wagner VII  projection.

ESRI ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator were used to prepare the map, in addition to Global Mapper. The base map data was prepared from the Natural Earth database. Population density presented in the map is from the GRUMP database, prepared by CIESIN and partners.

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