LandScan Global 2012 Launched by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and East View

For Immediate Release

Minneapolis, MN, USA. September 30, 2013—East View is pleased to announce the release of LandScan Global 2012. Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the US Department of Defense, LandScan incorporates spatial data and satellite imagery with the latest census reports and updated political boundaries into a valuable tool for researchers to accurately model population distribution.

LandScan provides the ambient (24-hour average) population count of every square kilometer of landmass on Earth. The technology uses innovative algorithms to determine population based on satellite images of buildings, roads, and other structures along with local census data and geographical information such as the slope of the land as well as the intensity of surrounding agriculture.

Kent D. Lee, East View’s Founder and CEO, shared, "East View has exclusively distributed the LandScan database over the past two years and, in that time, we developed a webapp to give non-GIS users an opportunity to work with the data, we built an archive of all previous versions of LandScan and we have also dramatically expanded distribution to scholars, corporations and NGO’s the world over. This has freed the scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab to improve the product year over year.”

Significant improvements to the new LandScan Global 2012 edition include:

  1. Updated results from 2010-2012 census reports for numerous countries were integrated into this version of LandScan, allowing for significant refinements in the population distribution.
  2. Output from ORNL’s “Settlement Mapper Tool” which rapidly delineates and characterizes settlements using high-resolution imagery was incorporated in this version of LandScan.
  3. The population distribution for the United States was based on calculations derived from the latest edition of ORNL’s LandScan USA product, a very high resolution population database of nighttime and daytime population distribution.
  4. Changes to the population distribution for Japan include impacts due to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and the nuclear power plant incident. Resultant population displacements including shelters and temporary housing were integrated into the distribution.
  5. Due to the dramatic effects on population distribution precipitated by the crisis in Syria and considering the demand for more current population data for that area, the population for Syria and neighboring nations were adjusted to account for refugee and internally displaced persons movements as of June 2013.
Contact: Scott Edwards, LandScan Product Manager
Tel.: +1-952-252-1201
Fax: +1-952-252-1202
East View Information Services, Inc.
10601 Wayzata Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55305 USA

About East View
East View was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. East View is comprised of East View Information Services (, East View Geospatial ( and East View Map Link ( East View maintains thousands of supplier/publisher relationships throughout the world for maps and geospatial data and Russian, Arabic and Chinese-produced social and hard science content. East View manages a data center, library and warehouse 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.