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Dataset

 
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UK building heights

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2014-08-22
Download Stats: last 12 months

Abstract

A database of building heights for the main conurbations of the UK, acquired by the Landmap project from The GeoInformation Group's Cities Revealed project. The height information is derived principally from the Cities Revealed LiDAR or Modern aerial imagery. Each building block has three values: base of building above sea level, top of the building above sea level and height of building above local ground level. Accurate to +/- 0.5m with 95% confidence limits. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded Landmap service which ran from 2001 to July 2014 collected and hosted a large amount of earth observation data for the majority of the UK, part of which was buildings data. After removal of JISC funding in 2013, the Landmap service is no longer operational, with the data now held at the NEODC.

When using these data please also add the following copyright statement: Cities Revealed © The GeoInformation Group yyyy

Citable as:  Landmap; The GeoInformation Group (2014): UK building heights. NERC Earth Observation Data Centre, date of citation. http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/e1449eac35108b49d3a0af26bb6d2060
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Not defined

Details

Previous Info:
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Previously used record identifiers:
http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/view/neodc.nerc.ac.uk__ATOM__ACTIVITY_1c8ae582-29cd-11e4-a18d-00163e251233
Access rules:
Restricted data: please submit an application using the REQUEST ACCESS link for access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: http://licences.ceda.ac.uk/image/data_access_condition/landmap.pdf. When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data collected and prepared by the Landmap team before a copy of the data was obtained by NEODC directly from Landmap.

File Format:
Data are available as shapefiles, which comprise of .shp, .shx and .dbf files.
  • shp - shape format; the feature geometry itself
  • shx - shape index format; a positional index of the feature geometry to allow seeking forwards and backwards quickly
  • dbf - attribute format; columnar attributes for each shape, in dBase IV format
Also provided are prj, sbn, sbx and xml files.
  • prj - projection format; the coordinate system and projection information, a plain text file describing the projection
  • sbn and sbx - a spatial index of the features
  • xml - location and other associated information
Free software can be used to open shapefiles, such as Quantum GIS (QGIS) or User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig).

More Information (under review)


Introduction

A database of building heights for the main conurbations of the UK, acquired by the Landmap project from The GeoInformation Group's Cities Revealed project. The height information is derived principally from the Cities Revealed LiDAR or Modern aerial imagery. Each building block has three values: base of building above sea level, top of the building above sea level and height of building above local ground level. Accuracy is +/- 0.5m with 95% confidence limits.

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded Landmap service which ran from 2001 to July 2014 collected and hosted a large amount of earth observation data, such as thermal imagery, for the majority of the UK. After removal of JISC funding in 2013, the Landmap service is no longer operational, with the data now held at the NEODC.


Data availability and file format

Data are available as shapefiles, which comprise of .shp, .shx and .dbf files.

  • shp - shape format; the feature geometry itself
  • shx - shape index format; a positional index of the feature geometry to allow seeking forwards and backwards quickly
  • dbf - attribute format; columnar attributes for each shape, in dBase IV format

Also provided are prj, sbn, sbx and xml files.

  • prj - projection format; the coordinate system and projection information, a plain text file describing the projection
  • sbn and sbx - a spatial index of the features
  • xml - location and other associated information

Free software can be used to open shapefiles, such as Quantum GIS (QGIS) or User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig).


Software

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is an open source (EPL and BSD) desktop application framework, built with Eclipse Rich Client (RCP) technology; that provides a Java solution for desktop GIS data access, editing, and viewing.

Links to further information


Who to contact

If you have queries about these pages or about obtaining the Landmap buildings data from the NEODC then you should contact the NEODC Support team. Your query should be answered within one working day. When follow-up work is required, the NEODC support team will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: The Geoinformation Group (TGG) Survey Aircraft
Output Description None

No variables found.

Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
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End time:
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Geographic Extent

 
58.6000°
 
-10.7000°
 
1.7000°
 
50.0000°