I am very interested in the gridded population density data for Africa.The source for the maps you provide is cited as the UN, but having contacted them they are unsure of the data you have used to produce your maps.Is it possible to obtain these data from you, including population numbers for different regions of Africa as well as the density calculations that you have mapped?

You can find the data we used for Africa on UNEP’s site at: http://grid2.cr.usgs.gov/datasets/datalist.php3

The data are in vector format (ArcInfo export files). In creating GPW, we adjusted the population estimates to 1990 and 1995, subtracted out lake and ice areas, then distributed the population from each administrative unit across the grid cells that fall within the administrative unit.
So an administrative unit with a population of 1,000 that contained 100 grid cells would result in 10 persons being assigned to each grid cell.

The densities were derived by dividing the grid of population by a grid of land area.

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