For Immediate Release
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., USA-September 11, 2012 – East View is pleased
to announce the release of LandScan Global 2011 (LandScan). Developed by Oak Ridge
National Laboratory (ORNL) for various agencies of the United States Government,
LandScan incorporates spatial data and imagery analysis with the latest census findings
and updated political boundaries into a tool for researchers to accurately model
how many people are in a particular location, anywhere on Earth.
LandScan provides the population value of every square kilometer of landmass on
Earth – approximately 150M square kilometers. The technology uses innovative algorithms
to determine population based on satellite images of buildings, roads, and other
manmade structures along with other sources like local census data, geographical
information such as the slope of the land as well as the intensity of surrounding
LandScan 2011 represents a significant improvement over LandScan 2010 for the following
Many countries around the world conduct their national census decennially on “0”
year making 2010 a particularly rich year for census data.
ORNL developed a “Settlement Mapper Tool”, which rapidly delineates and characterizes
settlements using high-resolution imagery. The tool was used extensively for verification
and validation, for refining urban built-up areas, for adding thousands of smaller
villages and populated places, and for the identification and mitigation of input
data anomalies to improve the spatial precision and values of the population distribution.
Changes to the population distribution for Japan include impacts due to the 2011
earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant incident. Resultant
population displacements including shelters and temporary housing were integrated
into the distribution.
Updates were made to the country grid to reflect changes in global political boundaries
and sovereignty, such as Sudan and South Sudan.
"Through East View’s LandScan web application, we have seen how East View has made
LandScan, one of ORNL's most successfully licensed products and now in its thirteenth
year, more accessible to a wider group of researchers," said ORNL Director Thom
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in Minneapolis where it hosts and stores dozens of foreign language databases, hundreds
of thousands of maps and atlases and millions of geospatial, Russian, Chinese and
Arabic metadata records..