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 spatial raster dataset depicts the distribution and density of residential population, expressed as the number of people per cell. Resident population from censuses for year 2011 provided by Eurostat were disaggregated from source zones to grid cells, informed by land use and land cover from Corine Land Cover Refined 2006 and by the distribution and density of built-up as mapped in the European Settlement Map 2016 layer.
- GHS_POP_EUROSTAT_EUROPE_R2016A Provisional data
- ESM 2016, Copernicus LMS HTML
- GHSL website, JRC EC HTML
- Landing page HTML
- Towards a 100-m, GHSL-based population grid in Europe Provisional data
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- Geographical Coverage
- Liechtenstein, Italy, Jersey, Monaco, Hungary, Isle of Man, Ireland, Iceland, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino, Serbia, Russia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Portugal, Romania, Norway, Poland, Åland Islands, Kosovo, Andorra, Albania, Belgium, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Belarus, Netherlands, Montenegro, Spain, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, France, Finland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Croatia, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Moldova, Vatican City, Latvia, Malta, Faroes, Sweden
European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)