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Global Urban Footprint

The Global Urban Footprint (GUF) is a dataset produced by DFD-DLR (German Remote Sensing Data Center of the German Aerospace Center). The fully-automated processing
system detects and extracts built-up areas from very high resolution radar satellite imagery. The result is a global binary settlement mask that outlines urban and non-urban areas at the unprecedented spatial resolution of approximately 12 m. A public domain version of it will be made available at the resolution of 50–75 m. With its global coverage and the enormous spatial detail, this initiative represents a promising contribution to global analyses of urban and peri-urban areas.

Details of the DLR Global Urban Footprint product for: Accra (Ghana), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baghdad (Iraq) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Credits: M. Marconcini (DFD-DLR).



ESA 2013, Earth Observation for Green Growth: An overview of European and Canadian Industrial Capability


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  • land use
  • topographic maps
  • thermal imaging maps


urban energy efficiency (measurements of energy usage and loss in particular urban situations)

  • building type information (size type of construction... & efficiency scores)
  • building outlines and property registry information



land use
water quality


ports and harbour management



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