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Data Access

Human Impact Index data are freely accessible, and the code to generate them is fully open souce, because we support the transparency and reproducibility of Open Science. It also helps conservation.

Data are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial_ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license. Please cite this paper in all uses.


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All HII calculations are based on a common task framework written in Python and making heavy use of the Earth Engine API. Each task is a separate Git repository hosted under a GPL 3.0 license on GitHub, inheriting from a common set of classes Docker container maintained in task_base. READMEs and code is fully accessible at the link below.

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Google Earth Engine

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All Human Impact Index calculations are done within the task framework referenced below, with Google Earth Engine at its core. Earth Engine is a Cloud-based framework that combines a multi-petabyte catalog with a powerful geospatial analysis API. HII outputs are stored in an ImageCollection at projects/HII/v1/hii, one image per date. Individual driver ImageCollections are also available within projects/HII/v1/driver, named infrastructure, land_use, population_density, power, railways, roads, and water.

Asset location script on Google earthengine

Outside Google Earth Engine

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For those without GEE access, HII assets are exported to a public bucket on Google Cloud Storage as Cloud-Optimized GeoTIFFs. These TIFFs can be loaded by url directly into QGIS, or downloaded for local manipulation.

HII TIFFS currently available:

Tiff files are over 3gb each.

First generation human footprint methods (HF3-1)

Second generation human footprint methods (HF3-2)