Input data set: Future, gridded population (all SSPs)

Annual global population data at 0.5° and 2.5' resolutions for the years 2006-2100 based on the population projections described in Jones & O’Neill (2016)

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

Linear interpolation of decadal population data

Data source

Jones, B., & O’Neill, B. C. (2016). Spatially explicit global population scenarios consistent with the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Environmental Research Letters, 11(8), 084003.


Note that the remapped total population does not equal the total from the original resolution due to the simple interpolation algorithm used, but the global total difference is smaller than 0.01% such that it should be good enough for global or even country-scale analysis.

Download Instructions

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

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 (