Download the GRIP global roads dataset

The Global Roads Inventory Project (GRIP) dataset was developed to provide a more recent and consistent global roads dataset for use in global environmental and biodiversity assessment models like GLOBIO.

The GRIP dataset consists of global and regional vector datasets in ESRI filegeodatabase and shapefile format, and global raster datasets of road density at a 5 arcminutes resolution (~8x8km).

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The GRIP dataset is mainly aimed at providing a roads dataset that is easily usable for scientific global environmental and biodiversity modelling projects. The dataset is not suitable for navigation. GRIP4 is based on many different sources (including OpenStreetMap) and to the best of our ability we have verified their public availability, as a criteria in our research. The UNSDI-Transportation datamodel was applied for harmonization of the individual source datasets. GRIP4 is provided under an Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL) and is free to use.

Citations and acknowledgements of the GRIP dataset should be made as follows:

Meijer, J.R., Huijbegts, M.A.J., Schotten, C.G.J. and Schipper, A.M. (2018): Global patterns of current and future road infrastructure. Environmental Research Letters, 13-064006. Data is available at www.globio.info

Download GRIP4 vector datasets:
Description ESRI filegeodatabase Shapefile
Global vector dataset   download fgdb File too big (>2gb)
Region 1: North America   download fgdb   download shape
Region 2: Central and South America   download fgdb   download shape
Region 3: Africa   download fgdb   download shape
Region 4: Europe   download fgdb   download shape
Region 5: Middle East and Central Asia   download fgdb   download shape
Region 6: South and East Asia   download fgdb   download shape
Region 7: Oceania   download fgdb   download shape

Since the vector dataset is quite large, we also provide derived global road density rasters, to enable easier usage of the GRIP data.

Download GRIP4 global density raster datasets:
Description Ascii grid raster 5 arcminutes
Total density, all types combined   download ASCII
Type 1 density (highways)   download ASCII 
Type 2 density (primary roads)   download ASCII
Type 3 density (secondary roads)   download ASCII
Type 4 density (tertiary roads)   download ASCII
Type 5 density (local roads)   download ASCII
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