Interactive visualisation

Maps and charts showcasing the data produced by the GHSL

This section provides a list of the interactive visualisations of the different GHSL data sets:
Global Visualisation

(1975-2015, release GHS P2019)


This visualisation includes GHSL baseline data on built-up area and population as well as the settlement model that is the basis for the discussions on the global definition of cities and settlements.
European Settlement Map

(2015, release 2019)


The European Settlement Map includes the built-up area mapping for all EEA39 countries derived from very-high spatial resolution satellites imagery provided by the Copernicus program.
ENACT Visualisation
1 km grids maps - produced in the frame of the ENACT project, ENhancing ACTivity and population mapping - representing estimated population distribution in daytime and nighttime per month (i.e. total of 24 grids).
The project aimed at producing consistent, seamless, multi-temporal, high-resolution and validated population density grids for Europe taking into account major daily and monthly variations.
Urban Centre Database

(based on the first release of the UCDB)


The Urban Centre Database GHS-UCDB R2019A describes more than 10.000 urban centres identified by the application of the "Degree of Urbanisation" model to the GHSL baseline data.