Leveraging on earth observation for empowering communities with Degree of Urbanisation
2021-09-27, 09:00–13:00, Group on Earth Observations

The workshop focuses on the application of the Degree of Urbanisation, offering the basic knowledge and means to produce population grids, settlement grids, and classification of local units into cities, towns and semi-dense areas and rural areas. The Degree of Urbanisation is a harmonised methodology, consistent across the globe, developed by the European Commission and other five International Organisations and adopted by the 51st UN Statistical Commission. Open EO processed by JRC in the GHSL project are a cornerstone of the application of the method at global level. As the world is increasingly urbanised, and epidemics outbreaks are concentrated in densely populated areas, it is crucial to monitor health and SDG related statistics, urban and rural data in a common way. An easy-to-use toolkit is showcased to empower all stakeholders with a handy urban analytic platform, serving both national and local scales.


Introduction to the Degree of Urbanisation for SDG
- 14.00-14.05 Introduction
- 14.05-14.20 The Degree of Urbanisation and the SDG Goals
- 14.20-14.35 EO4SDG toolkit
- 14.35-14.50 Degree of Urbanisation workflow introduction
- 14.50-15.00 Break
- 15.00-15.40 Application of the Degree of Urbanisation to National contests

Hands on the Degree of Urbanisation Tools (Each module will have 20' presentation and 20' exercise)
- 15.40-16.20 Creating a Population grid (GHS-POP2G + GHS-POPWARP)
- 16.20-16.30 Break
- 16.30-17.10 Applying the Degree of Urbanisation at grid level (GHS-DUG)
- 16.10-16.20 Break
- 16.20-18.00 Applying the Degree of Urbanisation at admin level (GHS-DU-TUC)

Authors and Affiliations

Session moderator:
- Marcello Schiavina, Scientific Officer, European Commission - DG-JRC
Speakers (only confirmed):
- Lewis Dijkstra, Head of Economic Analysis Sector, European Commission - DG-REGIO
- Thomas Kemper, GHSL Team Leader, European Commission - DG-JRC
- Sharthi Laldaparsad, Executive Manager, Statistics South Africa
- Michele Melchiorri, Engineering SpA
- Pietro Florio, Scientific Officer, European Commission - DG-JRC
- Luca Maffenini, UNI Systems


2 - Basic. General basic knowledge is required.

Requirements for the Attendees

- Basics of Geoinformation (raster, vector, projections)

- Windows 10 PC

INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS (video tutorial will be provided soon):
- Matlab Runtime 9.9 (Download and install): https://ssd.mathworks.com/supportfiles/downloads/R2020b/Release/5/deployment_files/installer/complete/win64/MATLAB_Runtime_R2020b_Update_5_win64.zip
- GHS-Tools, standalone version (Download, Unzip and Run the executable once):
° GHS-POP2G: https://ghsl.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/GHS-POP2G_2.6.zip
° GHS-DUG: https://ghsl.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/GHS-DUG_4.4.zip
° GHS-DU-TUC: https://ghsl.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/GHS-DUTUC_1.7.zip

- Exercises datasets & guidelines (available soon)