Country Geography Data

Physical geography

Variables: Latitude and longitude of each country's centroid, mean elevation, mean distance to nearest ice-free coastline, mean distance to nearest ice-free coastline or sea-navigable river, distance from a country's centroid to nearest coastline, distance from a country's centroid to nearest coastline or sea-navigable river, total population, percent of population within 100km of the coastline, percent of the population within 100km of  the nearest coastline or sea-navigable river, percent of land area within 100km of the coastline, percent of land area within 100km of  the nearest coastline or sea-navigable river, percent of population in the geographic tropics, percent land area in the geographic tropics, and the typical population density an average person experiences, by country.

documentation

data (Stata dataset & ASCII file)

 

Koeppen-Geiger climate zones

Variables: percent land area and population of each climate zone, by country.

documentation

data (Stata dataset & ASCII file)

 

Infectious Diseases

Variables: Yellow fever (1952 and 1996); plague (1952); leprosy (1952); leishmaniasis (1954, 3 kinds), visceral leishmaniasis (1984); helminthiases (1952, 13 kinds including hookworm and schistosomiases); dengue fever (1951 and 1975 to 1995); schistosomiasis (1987); and lymphatic filiriases (1984).

Disease area by country: documentation

data (Stata dataset & ASCII file)

Population in areas by country: documentation

data (Stata dataset & ASCII file)

Malaria

Variables:

A) Country area affected by malaria in 1946, 1966, 1982 and 1994, and area affected by malaria weighted by 1995 population in 1946, 1966, 1982 and 1994.

B) Country area with 64 different malaria mosquito vectors as of 1951.

documentation

data (Stata datasets & ASCII files)

 

Agriculture

Variables: FAO soil suitability (two types), percent of Matthews'* cultivated land in each Köppen-Geiger** climate zone, percent of Matthews' cultivated land -- using a revised classification scheme -- in each Köppen-Geiger climate zone, percent land area in each Köppen-Geiger climate zone weighted by Matthews' cultivated land, percent land area in each Köppen-Geiger climate zone weighted by a revised Matthews' cultivated land classification, by country.

documentation

data (Stata dataset & ASCII file)

*Matthews, E. 1983. "Global Vegetation and Land Use: New High Resolution Databases for Climate Studies," Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology 22:474-487. GIS file available at www.grid.unep.ch.

** Geiger, R. and W. Pohl. 1954. Revision of the Köppen-Geiger Klimakarte der Erde (Darmstadt: Justus Perthes, 1953), 4 sheets, 1:16 million: R. Geiger, "Eine neue Wandkarte der Klimagebiete der Erde," Erdkunde, Vol. 8 (1954), pp. 58-61.