Title: Description of the GHS Urban Centre Database 2015
Authors: FLORCZYK ANETAMELCHIORRI MICHELECORBAN CHRISTINASCHIAVINA MARCELLOMAFFENINI LUCAPESARESI MARTINOPOLITIS PANAGIOTISSABO FILIPCARNEIRO FREIRE SERGIO MANUELEHRLICH DANIELEKEMPER THOMASTOMMASI PIERPAOLOAIRAGHI DONATOZANCHETTA LUIGI
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC115586
ISBN: 978-92-79-99753-2 (online)
Other Identifiers: OP KJ-02-19-103-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC115586
DOI: 10.2760/037310
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Global Human Settlement Layer Urban Centres Database (GHS-UCDB) is the most complete database on cities to date, publicly released as an open and free dataset - GHS STAT UCDB2015MT GLOBE R2019A V1.0. The database represents the global status on Urban Centres in 2015 by offering cities location, their extent (surface, shape), and describing each city with a set of geographical, socio-economic and environmental attributes, many of them going back 25 or even 40 years in time. Urban Centres are defined in a consistent way across geographical locations and over time, applying the “Global Definition of Cities and Settlements” developed by the European Union to the Global Human Settlement Layer Built-up (GHS-BUILT) areas and Population (GHS-POP) grids. This report contains the description of the dimensions and the derived attributes that characterise the Urban Centres in the database. The document includes notes about methodology and sources. The GHS-UCDB contains information for more than 10,000 Urban Centres and it is the baseline data of the analytical results presented in the Atlas of the Human Planet 2018.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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