Population density in drylands of the World
Drylands, the arid regions of the World between temperate regions and deserts, are subjects to long seasons with very little precipitation and drought spells sometimes lasting over several years. The most densely populated dryland regions are in developing countries, and the economies in this zone are vulnerable to issues like drought.
08 Mar 2006 - by Viktor Novikov, Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Coastal population and altered coastal zones
Coastal areas with high population densities are those with the most shoreline degradation or alteration. Densely populated areas close to seas are also the most attractive for a lot of economic activity. The graphic shows the proportion of the population that lives within 100 km of the coast, for each of the world's nations and where there are coastal zones with high degree of human alteration (compared to 'natural' landcover). In addition, the ...
28 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
UN World basemap
Official UN world basemap, from UNGIWG. World map template: This template is the representation of the world at small-scale. This map has been developed in collaboration with the World Bank.
28 Mar 2006 - by Unknown
Natural hazard hotspots, by risk type
Disasters and natural hazards represents one strong aspect of vulnerability for the exposed and poor of the World. With climate change, the frequency of certain natural hazards are expected to increase. This map presents an output from an analysis investigating hazard exposure and historical vulnerability for selected natural hazards, together with population distribution and economy. Specifically, this map provides information on what natural ha...
08 Mar 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Agriculture land use distribution - croplands and pasture land
The World's agricultural land is used in different ways, depending on climatic and soil factors, but also related to cultural and social issues. The majority of croplands, where rice, wheat, legumes and corn - among other crops - are spread out in the Northern Hemisphere, in the temperate zone, and in South and Eastern Asia. Areas where primarily livestock is held for agricultural are dominant in Africa, South America and Australia.
28 Mar 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal