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Title: GHS population grid, derived from EUROSTAT census data (2011) and ESM R2016


The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) project is supported by European Commission, Joint Research Center and Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy. The GHSL produces new global spatial information, evidence-based analytics, and knowledge describing the human presence in the planet.

The GHSL relies on the design and implementation of new spatial data mining technologies allowing to process automatically and extract 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 conflicts, ii) impact of human activities on ecosystems, and iii) ...

Sergio Freire 0000-0003-2282-701X
Matina Halkia
Martino Pesaresi 0000-0003-0620-439X
How to cite
Freire, Sergio; Halkia, Matina; Pesaresi, Martino (2016):  GHS population grid, derived from EUROSTAT census data (2011) and ESM R2016. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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Data access


    GHS resident population grid, derived from Census datasets for 2011 (Eurostat), Corine Land Cover Refined 2006 (CLC06rV2) and European Settlement Map 2016 (ESM 2016). Values are expressed as decimals (Float). The data is published at 100m in LAEA ETRS89 (EPSG:3035). The compressed ZIP file contain TIF files and short documentation.


  • publication Towards a 100-m, GHSL-based population grid in Europe

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Additional information
Last modified 2016-04-01
Issue date 2016-04-01
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Geographic area Europe
Temporal coverage

From: 2011-01-01 – To: 2011-12-30

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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