Advancing International Mapping at the U.S. Census Bureau

Authors: Joshua Comenetz*, U.S. Census Bureau
Topics: Population Geography, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Regional Geography
Keywords: population geography, census, gridded, humanitarian, hazards
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A3, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The U.S. Census Bureau is creating new map layers that connect international administrative geography and satellite imagery to subnational population data. For many years, we have provided subnational age and sex data linked to administrative geography, and we also developed gridded Demobase datasets for three countries. Two years ago, we began to expand the number of demographic variables that we process, analyze, and geo-enable. Besides age and sex, these now include ethnicity, language, national origin, education, and economic variables. This has resulted in maps showing demographic patterns in several regions of the world, including the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Census Bureau subnational products cover countries around the world. Data sets and maps already released online include administrative geography and age/sex data for more than 20 countries supported by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and gridded Demobase population data for Haiti, Pakistan, and Rwanda. In 2017, we began work on gridded mapping of South Sudan, the first country in a new iteration of the Demobase program. While these data have a wide range of applications in government, research, education, and the private sector, our primary goal is to provide the data and maps needed to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts worldwide. The demand for and utility of these data for crisis response have already been demonstrated, most notably by users of our Haiti products just after the 2010 earthquake.

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