Third party data

We are not alone – other groups are producing great data on form an function of cities, which may suit your needs. Here is a selection.

Under construction.

Urban mask layers

DatasetDescription/PropertiesReference
Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL)
Global Urban Footprint (GUF)Global buildup layer from 180 000 TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X scenes, spatial resolution of 0.4 arcsec (~12 m).Esch, T., Heldens, W., Hirner, A., Keil, M., Marconcini, M., Roth, A., et al. (2017). Breaking new ground in mapping human settlements from space–The Global Urban Footprint. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 134, 30–42.
Word Settlement footprint
ESA CCI Land Cover

Building data