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Title: GHS-SMOD R2019A - GHS settlement layers, updated and refined REGIO model 2014 in application to GHS-BUILT R2018A and GHS-POP R2019A, multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015)


The layers present a refinement of the REGIO degree of urbanization model using as applied to the global population grid generated by the JRC in four epochs (1975, 1990, 2000, 2015). They have been generated by integration of built-up areas extracted from Landsat image data processing (GHS-BUILT), and population data derived from the CIESIN GPW v4.10 (GHS-POP).

This product is an update of the data released in 2016. The GHS Settlement Model grid is an improvement of the GHS Settlement Grid (R2016A) introducing a more detailed classification of settlements in two levels, also called ‘refined degree of urbanization’. The Settlement Model is provided at the detailed level (Second Level - L2). First level, as a porting of the Degree of Urbanization adopted by EUROSTAT can be obtained aggregating L2.

Martino Pesaresi 0000-0003-0620-439X
Aneta Florczyk 0000-0001-8912-1500
Marcello Schiavina 0000-0003-3399-3400
Michele Melchiorri 0000-0002-3009-8868
Luca Maffenini
How to cite
Pesaresi, Martino; Florczyk, Aneta; Schiavina, Marcello; Melchiorri, Michele; Maffenini, Luca (2019):  GHS-SMOD R2019A - GHS settlement layers, updated and refined REGIO model 2014 in application to GHS-BUILT R2018A and GHS-POP R2019A, multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] doi:10.2905/42E8BE89-54FF-464E-BE7B-BF9E64DA5218 PID:
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Data access


    The data are organised in several datasets, i.e., one GHS settlement grid per each epoch 1975, 1990, 2000 and 2015. All datasets are offered at low resolution (1km, World Mollweide projection). The compressed ZIP file contain TIF files and short documentation.


  • publication GHSL Data Package 2019

    Florczyk, A., Corban, C., Ehrlich, D., Carneiro Freire, S., Kemper, T., Maffenini, L., Melchiorri, M., Pesaresi, M., Politis, P., Schiavina, M., Sabo, F. and Zanchetta, L., GHSL Data Package 2019, EUR 29788 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-76-13186-1 (online),978-92-76-13187-8 (print), doi:10.2760/290498 (online),10.2760/0726 (print), JRC117104.


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Additional information
Last modified 2019-06-28
Issue date 2019-06-28
Landing page
Geographic area World
Temporal coverage

From: 1975-01-01 – To: 2015-12-30

Update frequency irregular
Language English
Data theme(s) Regions and cities; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 72 GEOGRAPHY
Digital Object Identifier doi:10.2905/42E8BE89-54FF-464E-BE7B-BF9E64DA5218

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