Saturday, January 10, 2009

Travel time to major cities: A global map of Accessibility

The first Global Accessibility Map depicts the time needed to travel by land or water--from less than an hour (pale yellow) to 10 days (dark brown)--from any location in the world to the nearest city of 50,000 people or more. It also indicates the density of shipping lanes. Only 10% of the world's land area is now "remote"--defined as more than 48 hours from a large city. The map was made for World Development Report 2009. It is a joint product of the European Commission and the World Bank, available with description on the EC website.

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