Input data set: Historical, gridded and country-level population

Protocol relation: Protocol
Data Type: Socio-economic
Simulation rounds: ISIMIP2a

Population (1860 - 2020) at country level, and on 0.5°x0.5° and 5arcmin grid level

Scenarios: historical
Variables: pop

National and gridded historic population data are taken from the History Database of the Global Environment (HYDE) version 3.2.1 ( Estimates for total as well as urban and rural population counts are available. This does not only extend previously provided population data but might also outdate previous data to a series of bug fixes since HYDE version 3.2.000.

Download Instructions

For ISIMIP participants, these files are available for download on the DKRZ server using the path /work/bb0820/ISIMIP/ISIMIP2a/InputData/landuse_humaninfluences/population/ and via an rsync facility (described here:, for which the password will be provided upon request (