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) access to resources.
This dataset is an aggregated confidence map about built-up area presence. This layer is a complemenary information to the multitemporal GHS built-up grid (1975, 1990, 2000, 2014), which has been produced by means of Global Human Settlement Layer methodology in 2014. Similarly to the main product, it is published in the production grid at high resolution, i.e. at around 38m in Spherical Mercator (EPSG:3857).
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- Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Cyprus, Tuvalu, Monaco, Maldives, Niger, Vanuatu, Mongolia, Djibouti, Madagascar, Guernsey, Brazil, Tokelau, Norfolk Island, Spain, Guinea, Kosovo, Finland, Denmark, Marshall Islands, Åland Islands, Mayotte, Bulgaria, Antarctica, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Azerbaijan, Uruguay, Turkmenistan, Estonia, South Africa, Montserrat, United States, Myanmar, Yemen, Malawi, Ethiopia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Palau, Niue, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Nepal, Haiti, Austria, Equatorial Guinea, Anguilla, Jordan, Iran, Belgium, Mauritius, Burkina Faso, Canada, Taiwan, Albania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Norway, Luxembourg, US Virgin Islands, Algeria, Pakistan, Guinea-Bissau, New Caledonia, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Poland, Grenada, Guam, Bangladesh, Palestinian territory, Liberia, Barbados, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuwait, Brunei, Cameroon, Indonesia, North Korea, Samoa, Pitcairn Islands, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Qatar, Greenland, Suriname, Kyrgyzstan, Bahamas, Ireland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Kenya, Mexico, Colombia, Botswana, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Falkland Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Rwanda, Bermuda, San Marino, Aruba, Syria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Somalia, Tunisia, Montenegro, Mali, Turkey, Côte d’Ivoire, Saint Martin, Cape Verde, Laos, Western Sahara, Cayman Islands, Panama, United Arab Emirates, American Samoa, Togo, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Macau, Moldova, Vietnam, Tanzania, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Czech Republic, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Réunion, Nicaragua, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Vatican City, Oman, Ghana, Australia, Angola, South Sudan, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, Martinique, Cook Islands, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Papua New Guinea, Guadeloupe, Israel, Burundi, Honduras, Iceland, Argentina, Belize, Bonaire, SaintEUstatius and Saba, Russia, Venezuela, Zambia, Faroe Islands, Uzbekistan, Nauru, Malaysia, French Guiana, Portugal, Greece, New Zealand, Senegal, Guatemala, France, Swaziland, Saint Helena, Jersey, Singapore, Hungary, French Southern Lands, Eritrea, Bolivia, India, Benin, Andorra, Bouvet Island, Bahrain, Christmas Island, China, Romania, Georgia, French Polynesia, Isle of Man, Slovenia, Iraq, Hong Kong, Sint Maarten, El Salvador, Lithuania, Congo, Kiribati, Bhutan, Peru, Comoros, Timor-Leste, Slovakia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Sierra Leone, Malta, Serbia, Cambodia, Namibia, Sudan, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Tonga, Latvia, Switzerland, South Korea, Libya, Central African Republic, Curaçao, Chad, Chile, Belarus, Ecuador, Japan, Cuba, Gabon, Egypt, Uganda, Micronesia, Saint Barthélemy, São Tomé and Príncipe, United Kingdom, Turks and Caicos Islands, Netherlands, Morocco, Thailand, Gibraltar