Input data set: Historical, gridded population

Annual global population data at 0.5° and 5' resolutions for the years 1861-2005 on a 0.5° and 5' grid.

Data Type: Socio-economic
Simulation rounds: ISIMIP2b
Scenarios: histsoc
Variables: pop
Data source

Historical data based on the HYDE3.2 database (Klein Goldewijk et al., 2010; Klein Goldewijk, 2011) for the years 1861-2005.

Download Instructions

For ISIMIP participants, these files are available for download on the DKRZ server vre2 using the path /ISIMIP/ISIMIP2b/InputData/population/histsoc/.

For external users, these data will shortly be made available on the ISIMIP node of the ESGF server ( Currently they are available via an rsync facility (described here:, for which the password will be provided upon request (