Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Point of contact:

Title: GHS-SMOD R2016A - GHS settlement grid, following the REGIO model 2014 in application to GHSL Landsat and CIESIN GPW v4-multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015)


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) ...

Martino Pesaresi 0000-0003-0620-439X
Sergio Freire 0000-0003-2282-701X
How to cite
Pesaresi, Martino; Freire, Sergio (2016):  GHS-SMOD R2016A - GHS settlement grid, following the REGIO model 2014 in application to GHSL Landsat and CIESIN GPW v4-multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
Related resources

Data access


    The data are organised in several datasets, i.e., one GHS settlement grid per each epoch 1975, 1990, 2000 and 2015; HDC and LDC layers for 2015 with unique identifier per each cluster. All datasets are offered at low resolution (1km, World Mollweide projection). Each dataset is distributed in a compressed ZIP file, that contains TIF file with pyramids and documentation.


  • publication Regional Working Paper 2014. A harmonised definition of cities and rural areas: the new degree of urbanisation
Additional information
Last modified 2016-01-12
Issue date 2016-01-12
Landing page
Geographic area World
Temporal coverage

From: 1975-01-01 – To: 2014-12-30

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

Please be aware that the information and links provided in the metadata above are maintained in distributed and heterogeneous information systems. Although we strive to maintain and keep links and information updated, this may not always be possible because of changes that are not registered and updated in the relevant information systems. Please, help us to maintain the system updated by indicating broken links or any other outdated information by contacting the relevant contact point. You can also inform us using the "Contact" link of this page.