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Global Human Settlement Layer

The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) is developed and maintained by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in house science service.

The GHSL proposes a new way to map, analyze, and monitor human settlements and the urbanization in the 21st century.
GHSL integrates several available sources reporting about the global human settlement phenomena, with new information extracted from available remotely sensed (RS) imagery. So far, the GHSL is the largest and most complete known experiment on automatic image information retrieval using high and very high remotely sensed image data input. The GHSL automatic image information extraction workflow integrates multi-resolution (0.5m-10m) multi-platform, multi-sensor (pan, multispectral), and multi-temporal image data.

The GHSL is an evolutionary system, with the aim of stepwise improving completeness and accuracy of the global human settlement description by offering free services of image information retrieval in the frame of collaborative and derived-contents sharing agreements.

This is just the first operational prototype of the GHSL only partially implementing all the designed features. Your feedback will be precious for improving next GHSL releases ghslsys@jrc.ec.europa.eu

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