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Title: GHS-UCDB R2019A - GHS Urban Centre Database 2015, multitemporal and multidimensional attributes


The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) produces new global spatial information, evidence-based analytics, and knowledge describing the human presence in the planet. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate General for Regional Development (DG REGIO) of the European Commission support the GHSL activities. The GHSL contributes to the international partnership “GEO Human Planet Initiative”. The GHSL methods rely on automatic spatial data mining technologies allowing the extraction of analytics and knowledge from large amount of heterogeneous data including global, fine-scale satellite-image data streams, census data, and crowd sources or volunteering geographic information sources. Spatial data reporting objectively and systematically about the presence of population and built-up infrastructures are necessary for any evidence-based modelling or assessing of i) human and physical exposure to threats as environmental contamination and degradation, natural disasters and ...

Aneta Florczyk 0000-0001-8912-1500
Christina Corbane 0000-0002-2670-1302
Marcello Schiavina 0000-0003-3399-3400
Martino Pesaresi 0000-0003-0620-439X
Luca Maffenini
Michele Melchiorri 0000-0002-3009-8868
Panagiotis Politis
Filip Sabo 0000-0003-0669-3939
Sergio Freire 0000-0003-2282-701X
Daniele Ehrlich
Thomas Kemper 0000-0002-3446-8301
Pierpaolo Tommasi
Donato Airaghi
Luigi Zanchetta
How to cite
Florczyk, Aneta; Corbane, Christina; Schiavina, Marcello; Pesaresi, Martino; Maffenini, Luca; Melchiorri, Michele; Politis, Panagiotis; Sabo, Filip; Freire, Sergio; Ehrlich, Daniele; Kemper, Thomas; Tommasi, Pierpaolo; Airaghi, Donato; Zanchetta, Luigi (2019):  GHS-UCDB R2019A - GHS Urban Centre Database 2015, multitemporal and multidimensional attributes. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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Data access


    The data is distributed as one ZIP file, which is composed of several files, i.e., XLS, CSV and SHP. The XLS file contains short documentation and the attributes. The CVS files contains the attributes. The shapefile contains the polygons of Urban Centres 2015 (vectorised from 1x1 km grid in World Mollweide projection), and selected attributes.


  • publication Atlas of the Human Planet 2018

    Carneiro Freire, S., Corban, C., Ehrlich, D., Florczyk, A., Kemper, T., Melchiorri, M., Pesaresi, M. and Schiavina, M., Atlas of the Human Planet 2018, EUR 29497 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-98185-2 (online), doi:10.2760/124503 (online), JRC114316.


  • publication Description of the GHS Urban Centre Database 2015

    Florczyk, A., Melchiorri, M., Corban, C., Schiavina, M., Maffenini, L., Pesaresi, M., Politis, P., Sabo, F., Carneiro Freire, S., Ehrlich, D., Kemper, T., Tommasi, P., Airaghi, D. and Zanchetta, L., Description of the GHS Urban Centre Database 2015, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-79-99753-2 (online), doi:10.2760/037310 (online), JRC115586.


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Additional information
Issue date 2019-01-28
Landing page
Geographic area World
Temporal coverage

From: 1975-01-01 – To: 2018-12-30

Update frequency irregular
Language English
Data theme(s) Regions and cities; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 72 GEOGRAPHY

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