Step 3: Upload your files

Once you are happy with the results, send them to – that makes sure we have your contact details as well. We need

  1. the training data as kml or kmz. Name as follows: city(date){author}.kml,
    more specifically: city(yyyy-mm-dd){surname_givenname,surname2_givenname2}.kml
  2. the clipped and resampled Landsat data. Make sure all bands are included as SAGA grid files or geotif

Zip all the data to one file and send us a file sharing link. We do not need the LCZ map itself (neither kmz nor SAGA grid).

By submitting this file to the WUDAPT initiative, you agree with its further use in the WUDAPT project under a Creative Commons by Attribution license and possible publication.

If you find the method useful please provide feedback on the materials and the scheme. You can email us at

If you use the method in your study, please cite these papers:

  • Bechtel B, Alexander PJ, Böhner J, Ching J, Conrad O, Feddema J, Mills G, See L, Stewart I (2015) Mapping Local Climate Zones for a Worldwide Database of the Form and Function of Cities. ISPRS Int J Geo-Inf 4:199–219
  • Bechtel B, Daneke C (2012) Classification of Local Climate Zones Based on Multiple Earth Observation Data. IEEE J Sel Top Appl Earth Obs Remote Sens 5:1191 –1202
  • Stewart ID, Oke TR (2012) Local Climate Zones for Urban Temperature Studies. Bull Am Meteorol Soc 93:1879–1900

If you use LCZ classifications from other persons, please acknowledge them appropriately.