Dynamic 24H Population Distribution Data from the Helsinki region

Temporally dynamic population distribution data from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland, is presented at the level of 250 m by 250 m statistical grid cells. An hourly population distribution dataset is provided for regular workdays (Mon – Thu), Saturdays and Sundays. The data are based on aggregated mobile phone data collected by the biggest mobile network operator in Finland. Mobile phone data are assigned to statistical grid cells using an advanced dasymetric interpolation method based on ancillary data about land cover, buildings and a time use survey. The resulting 24-hour population data can be used to reveal the temporal dynamics of the city, and examine population variations relevant to spatial accessibility analyses, crisis management, planning and beyond.

Bergroth, C., Järv, O., Tenkanen, H., Manninen, M. & Toivonen, T. (2022). A 24-hour population distribution dataset based on mobile phone data from Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland. Scientific data 9(1), 39. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-01113-4

Bergroth, C. (2020) Matkapuhelinaineistot paljastavat pääkaupunkiseudun väestödynamiikanKvartti 1/2020. 

Bergroth, C. (2019). Uncovering population dynamics using mobile phone data: the case of Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Master’s Thesis. Department of Geosciences and Geography. http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201905272171

Bergroth, C., Järv, O., Tenkanen, H. & Toivonen, T. (2019). Matkapuhelinaineisto paljastaa kaupungin dynamiikanPositio 1/2019.

Järv, O., Tenkanen, H., Salonen, M., Ahas, R. & Toivonen, T. (2018). Dynamic cities: Location-based accessibility modelling as a function of time. Applied Geography 95, 101–110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.04.009

Blogpost: The 24-h population dynamics of the Finnish Capital Region uncovered!

Blogpost: Open spatial data reveals 24-hour population dynamics of people in Helsinki Metropolitan Area