Input data set: Historical, gridded population

Protocol relation: Protocol
Data Type: Socio-economic
Simulation rounds: ISIMIP2b

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

Scenarios: histsoc
Variables: pop
Data source

Historical data based on the HYDE3.2 database (Klein Goldewijk et al., 2017) for the years 1861-2005.

Download Instructions

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

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