Title: Atlas of the Human Planet 2019
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC118979
ISBN: 978-92-76-17418-9 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 30010 EN
OP KJ-1A-30010-EN-N (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC118979
DOI: 10.2760/014159
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Atlas of the Human Planet 2019 presents key human settlements and urbanisation statistics for 239 countries based on the progress made towards the development of a people-based global harmonised definition of cities and rural areas. Figures and statistics presented in the Atlas 2019 are the result of massive automatic big data processing carried out at the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre in the framework of the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) combining satellite imagery and census information to map settlements, understand their characteristics, and report about their changes over 40 years’ time (1975 – 2015). The Atlas explains the fundamentals of the GHSL, and the service it provides to upscale to the globe the Degree of Urbanisation method (currently adopted as European Union Regulation). Based on the global application of the method the Atlas presents a global urbanisation brief, a commented series of highlights on global human settlement development trajectories, supported by 239 urbanisation briefs, which form the knowledge base for the next generation of urban and territorial policy, development and cooperation action, and global reporting on progress made towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Development Agenda as a whole.
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