GHS settlement layers, updated and refined REGIO model 2014 in application to GHS-BUILT R2018A and GHS-POP R2019A, multitemporal (1975-1990-2000-2015)


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The GHS Settlement Model grid (GHS-SMOD) GHS_SMOD_POPMT_GLOBE_R2019A delineates and classify settlement typologies via a logic of population size, population and built-up area densities as a refinement of the ‘degree of urbanisation’ method described by EUROSTAT.

The GHS-SMOD is derived by using the GHS-POP (GHS_POP_MT_GLOBE_R2019A, version 1.0) and GHS-BUILT (GHS_BUILT_LDSMT_GLOBE_R2018A, version 2.0).

The GHS Settlement Model grid is an improvement of the GHS Settlement Grid (R2016A) introducing a more detailed classification of settlements in two levels, also called ‘refined degree of urbanization’. The Settlement Model is provided at detailed level (Second Level - L2). The First Level, as a porting of the Degree of Urbanization adopted by EUROSTAT can be obtained aggregating L2 as shown in the GHSL Data Package 2019 documentation (GHS P2019).

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The main characteristics of this dataset are listed below.
The complete information about the GHSL main products can be found in the GHSL Data Package 2019 report (2,2 MB)

Product name:
Coordinate system:
World Mollweide (EPSG:54009)
Resolutions available:
Settlement typology codes by epoch Resolution of 1km - World Mollweide (EPSG:54009)
Dataset name (size):
GHS_SMOD_POP1975_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_V2_0 (10.5MB)
GHS_SMOD_POP1990_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_V2_0 (11MB)
GHS_SMOD_POP2000_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_V2_0 (11.5MB)
GHS_SMOD_POP2015_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_V2_0 (12MB)
layers that identify the settlements with an unique ID and basic attributes
Resolution of 1km - World Mollweide (EPSG:54009) - gkpg format
Dataset name (size):
GHS_SMOD_POP1975_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_labelHDC_V2_0 (1.3MB)
GHS_SMOD_POP1990_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_labelHDC_V2_0 (1.6MB)
GHS_SMOD_POP2000_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_labelHDC_V2_0 (1.8MB)
GHS_SMOD_POP2015_GLOBE_R2019A_54009_1K_labelHDC_V2_0 (2.1MB)