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Armed Conflict Data Now Available in ArcGIS Living Atlas

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping project. ACLED is the highest quality and most widely used global, real-time data and analysis source on political violence and demonstrations around the world (information on methodology can be found in the ACLED Resource Library). Practitioners, researchers, journalists, risk analysts, corporate security managers, and governments depend on ACLED for the latest reliable information on current disorder patterns.

ACLED Available to All ArcGIS Users

An aggregated ACLED data file is now available through ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. There are three items to explore: a feature layer, a group layer of key indicators, and a web map with time configuration. The data are presented as counts by month for the past year, and they are mapped to a centroid of the first administrative division (ex. Province) as defined by ACLED. These counts include:

Map of the default ACLED data layer with a legend and pop-up

With these new resources, you can visualize and analyze key conflict statistics over time to understand current global and regional patterns of conflict. For example:

Map zoomed into Africa showing recent dry and wet areas against ACLED points sized by total conflict events.
SPI data: Vicente-Serrano S.M., Santiago Beguería, Juan I. López-Moreno, (2010) A Multi-scalar drought index sensitive to global warming: The Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index - SPEI. Journal of Climate 23: 1696-1718.


Animation of drawing a circle on a map and Dashboard elements updating counts of fatalities, actors, facilities, and personnel
Asset data is notional.


Dark map with ACLED data as yellow glowing points and a pop-up for Shabwah, Yemen, containing red text that says "This represents an increase in the number of violent actors over the last three months."


More Data Options from ACLED

While this aggregated data is available to all ArcGIS users via Living Atlas, fully disaggregated data (subject to some limitations based on your type of organization) can be obtained by registering through the Access Portal on the ACLED website and exporting via the Data Export Tool. You can also explore the data through other interactive tools.


Thanks to ACLED for collaborating with us to provide this compelling data to ArcGIS users throughout the world via Living Atlas. We look forward to seeing its impact on the work being done by the Esri user community.

About the author

Bonnie Stayer

Bonnie is the Operations Lead for Esri's Geospatial Center in Vienna, VA. As part of that role, she manages demonstration resources for Solution Engineers on the National Government and Non-Profit teams and creates guidelines and best practices for ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise.

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