Here, you will find a comprehensive collection of publicly available data on islands around the world, which I utilize for this noncommercial project.

Acknowledgments and Sources

Special thanks to the organizations and individuals who have contributed to the collection and publication of these publicly accessible data. A complete list of sources and acknowledgments can be found here.

Datasets & Publications

  • R. Sayre, „Global Islands“. GEO Knowledge Hub, Juni 10, 2022. doi: 10.60566/7yjze-2g558. (Link)
  • Made with Natural Earth. Free vector and raster map data @
  • Beck, H., Zimmermann, N., McVicar, T. et al. Present and future Köppen-Geiger climate classification maps at 1-km resolution. Sci Data 5, 180214 (2018). Link
  • OurAirports Dataset. Link
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. 2019. “World Port Index.” Link
  • Snethlage, M.A., Geschke, J., Spehn, E.M., Ranipeta, A., Yoccoz, N.G., Körner, Ch., Jetz, W., Fischer, M. & Urbach, D. A hierarchical inventory of the world’s mountains for global comparative mountain science. Nature Scientific Data. (2022).
  • Mountains over 1500 m by
  • VLIZ (2005). IHO Sea Areas. Available online at
  • Global Solar Atlas 2.0, a free, web-based application is developed and operated by the company Solargis s.r.o. on behalf of the World Bank Group, utilizing Solargis data, with funding provided by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). For additional information:

Satellite Imagery

  • NASA Earth Explorer Basemap. NASA Earth Observatory map by Joshua Stevens using data from NASA’s MODIS Land Cover, the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), and Natural Earth boundaries. Link
  • General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). Link
  • Center for International Earth Science Information Network – CIESIN – Columbia University. 2018. Gridded Population of the World, Version 4 (GPWv4): Population Density, Revision 11. Palisades, New York: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). Link

Using the Data

The data provided on this site are the result of extensive research and analysis. I encourage others to make use of these data, whether for educational purposes, research, journalistic work, or personal projects. To ensure fair and responsible use, the data are subject to the following conditions:

  1. Attribution: If you use these data in any form, be it publications, articles, research papers, or web content, please provide clear and prominent acknowledgment of my work. A link back to this site or the specific data source on my website should be included in your publication or project.
  2. Non-Commercial Use: These data may not be used for commercial purposes. Their use is limited to non-commercial, educational, or research-oriented projects.
  3. Share Alike: If you modify, transform, or build upon the data, your contributions must be disseminated under the same conditions as the original data.


To formalize the above usage conditions, the data are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). This license allows others to remix, adapt, and build upon the work, as long as the authorship is credited, the use is non-commercial, and new creations are licensed under identical terms.

For Research Purposes

For researchers interested in more in-depth analysis or specific projects, I am happy to provide more detailed datasets. Please contact me directly to access these resources and discuss any specific requirements or questions.

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