Impervious Surfaces

Estimated area covered by man-made impervious surfaces

  • Source: NASA SEDAC/CIESIN
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The Impervious Surfaces data set was produced by National Aeronautics and Space Administration Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (NASA SEDAC) and the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). These data show a global estimate of the percentage of area covered by man-made impervious surfaces in 2010. These data are relevant not only to researchers studying urban land cover, but also to understanding the impacts that man-made surfaces have on the climate and environment, as well as the energy, water, and carbon cycles.

This data set has near-global coverage at 30m resolution, excluding only Antarctica and some small islands. These data are derived from the global 30m Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat satellite data from 2010, as well as the the Global Human Built-up and Settlement Extent (HBASE) data set. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the data set. For access to the full data set and additional information, see the Learn More link.

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Formal name

Global Man-made Impervious Surface (GMIS) Dataset From Landsat, v1 (2010)

Cautions

Values greater than 100 are used to mark various kind of missing data and are transparent on the map view. These data points may be areas where data is missing or where there is no human settlement. Please see the original data source for more details.

Neither CIESIN nor NASA verifies or guarantees theaccuracy, reliability, or completeness of any data provided.

Suggested citation

Brown de Colstoun, E. C., C. Huang, P. Wang, J. C. Tilton, B. Tan, J. Phillips, S. Niemczura, P.-Y. Ling, and R. E. Wolfe. 2017. Global Man-made Impervious Surface (GMIS) Dataset From Landsat. Palisades, NY: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). https://doi.org/10.7927/H4P55KKF. Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.

Sources

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (NASA SEDAC)
Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

Geographic coverage

Global

Spatial resolution

30 m

Date of content

2010

Published language

en

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