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G-Econ visualisation of global economic activity

by mel starrs on March 26, 2007

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I love graphical representations and during one of my ever frequent forays into the land of environmental economics (which still continues to intrigue me) I came across this model attributed to William Nordhaus whose work was used in the Stern Review.  You can download a massive 87MB avi file or watch a rather jerky version on this page.

The G-Econ research project is devoted to developing a geophysically based data set on economic activity for the world. The current data set (GEcon 1.3) is now publicly available and covers “gross cell product” for all regions for 1990, which includes 27,500 terrestrial observations. The basic metric is the regional equivalent of gross domestic product. Gross cell product (GCP) is measured at a 1-degree longitude by 1-degree latitude resolution at a global scale.

The data is obviously a little old now, but still makes for fascinating viewing.