Coastal Population Mapping

This collaborative project between SPC and Worldfish has been initiated in direct response to many requests SDD recieved for coastal population figures. These requests were coming primarily from food security and disaster management applications, but this type of data is also useful to many others.

This StoryMap has been setup to disseminate the results.

As part of this initial project, we have endeavoured to estimate populations 1km, 5km and 10km from the coast. These distances are fairly arbitrary and represent those living on the coast, those who are within walking distance of the coast and then those who are possibly too far to walk to the coast (10km).


Project status


Recent updates

  • Final results disseminated through PDH.stat
    May 27, 2020 on Coastal Population Mapping
    Population figures for people living 1, 5 and 10km from the coast are now available through PDH.stat, SDD's interactive indicator database.
  • Paper published!
    September 27, 2019 on Coastal Population Mapping
    A methodology paper titled "Coastal proximity of populations in 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories" has just been published
  • Methodology paper submitted for publication
    February 27, 2019 on Coastal Population Mapping
    A methodology paper has been submitted for publication with PLOS ONE. Updates to its progress will be provided when available.
  • Results ready for dissemination
    September 28, 2017 on Coastal Population Mapping
    A StoryMap has been setup to disseminate the results and a paper is currently being prepared to publish the methodology being used.