A comprehensive population dataset for Afghanistan constructed using GIS-based dasymetric mapping methods

Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5238
Prepared in cooperation with the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, Department of Defense
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Abstract

This report summarizes the application of dasymetric methods for mapping the distribution of population throughout Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan's population has constantly changed through decades of war and conflict, existing vector and raster GIS datasets (such as point settlement densities and intensities of lights at night) do not adequately reflect the changes. The purposes of this report are (1) to provide historic population data at the provincial and district levels that can be used to chart population growth and migration trends within the country and (2) to provide baseline information that can be used for other types of spatial analyses of Afghanistan, such as resource and hazard assessments; infrastructure and capacity rebuilding; and assisting with international, regional, and local planning.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A comprehensive population dataset for Afghanistan constructed using GIS-based dasymetric mapping methods
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2013-5238
DOI 10.3133/sir20135238
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description Report: iv, 20 p.; Downloads Directory
Country Afghanistan
Datum World Geodetic System 1984
Projection Transverse Mercator projection
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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