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Land Area by Grid Cell

2014 January 25

I use global data along a latitude-longitude grid fairly frequently. That can distort land areas pretty severely, but often that’s not a problem, if the data in question doesn’t scale with land area. But when it does, you need a new denominator. Here’s a dataset for that case.


It’s a .5 degree gridded dataset of land areas. For grid cells that are completely on land, that’s just a function of the latitude. On the coasts, I use a higher-resolution map of the coast contour to figure out how much land is in each cell. The values fluctuate a little artificially, because of how everything is calculated, but it’s generally within 1% of the correct value.

Download it here: 720×360 CSV

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