GHSL: Global building height 2018 (P2023A)

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This spatial raster dataset depicts the global distribution of building heights at a resolution of 100 m, referred to the year 2018. The input data used to predict building heights are the ALOS Global Digital Surface Model (30 m), the NASA Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission data (30 m), and a global Sentinel-2 image composite from L1C data for the period 2017-2018.

More information about the GHSL data products can be found in the GHSL Data Package 2023 report, where the building height layer is referred to as the Average Net Building Height (ANBH).

The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) project is supported by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, and Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.


100 meters


Name Units Description
built_height m

Average building height per grid cell

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The GHSL has been produced by the European Commission Joint Research Centre as open and free data. Reuse is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged. For more information, please read the use conditions (European Commission Reuse and Copyright Notice).




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var image = ee.Image("JRC/GHSL/P2023A/GHS_BUILT_H/2018");
var built ='built_height');
var visParams = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 12.0,
  palette: ['000000', '0d0887', '7e03a8', 'cc4778', 'f89540', 'f0f921'],

Map.setCenter(2.349014, 48.864716, 10);
Map.addLayer(built, visParams, 'Average building height [m], 2018');
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