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Coastal dataset including exposure and vulnerability layers, Deliverable 3.1 - ECFAS Project (GA 101004211),


The European Copernicus Coastal Flood Awareness System (ECFAS) project will contribute to the evolution of the Copernicus Emergency Monitoring Service by demonstrating the technical and operational feasibility of a European Coastal Flood Awareness System. Specifically, ECFAS will provide a much-needed solution to bolster coastal resilience to climate risk and reduce population and infrastructure exposure by monitoring and supporting disaster preparedness, two factors that are fundamental to damage prevention and recovery if a storm hits. 

The ECFAS Proof-of-Concept development will run from January 2021-December 2022. The ECFAS project is a collaboration between Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori IUSS di Pavia (Italy, ECFAS Coordinator), Mercator Ocean International (France), Planetek Hellas (Greece), Collecte Localisation Satellites (France), Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca (Italy), Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), University of the Aegean (Greece), and EurOcean (Portugal), and is funded by the European Commission H2020 Framework Programme within the call LC-SPACE-18-EO-2020 - Copernicus evolution: research activities in support of the evolution of the Copernicus services.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme


Description of the containing files inside the Dataset.

The dataset was divided at  European country level, except the Adriatic area  which was extracted  as a region and not on a country level due to the small size of the countries. The buffer zone of each data was 10km inland in order to be correlated with the new Copernicus product Coastal Zone LU/LC.

Specifically,  the dataset includes the new Coastal LU/LC product which was  implemented by the EEA and became available at the end of 2020. Additional information collected in relation to the location and characteristics of transport (road and railway) and utility networks (power plants), population density and time variability. Furthermore, some of the publicly available datasets that were used in CEMS related to the abovementioned assets were gathered such as OpenStreetMap (building footprints, road and railway network infrastructures), GeoNames (populated places but also names of administrative units, rivers and lakes, forests, hills and mountains, parks and recreational areas, etc.), the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHS) and Global Human Settlement Population Grid (GHS-POP) generated by JRC. Also, the dataset contains 2 layers with statistics information regarding the population of Europe per sex and age divided in administrative units at NUTS level 3. The first layers includes information fro the whole Europe and the second layer has only the information regaridng the population at the Coastal area. Finally, the dataset includes the global database of Floods protection standars. Below there are tables which present the dataset.


Copernicus Land Monitoring Service



Coastal LU/LC


A Copernicus hotspot product to monitor landscape dynamics in coastal zones

EU-Hydro - Coastline


EU-Hydro is a dataset for all European countries providing the coastline

Natura 2000 1: 100000 A Copernicus hotspot product to monitor important areas for nature conservation

European Settlement Map


A spatial raster dataset that is mapping human settlements in Europe

Imperviousness Density


The percentage of sealed area

Impervious Built-up


The part of the sealed surfaces where buildings can be found

Grassland 2018


A binary grassland/non-grassland product

Tree Cover Density 2018


Level of tree cover density in a range from 0-100%


Joint Research Center



Global Human Settlement Population Grid


Residential population estimates for target year 2015

GHS settlement model layer


The GHS Settlement Model grid delineates and classify settlement typologies via a logic of population size, population and built-up area densities



Built-up grid derived from Sentinel-2 global image composite for reference year 2018

ENACT 2011 Population Grid



The ENACT is a population density for the European Union that take into account major daily and monthly population variations

JRC Open Power Plants Database (JRC-PPDB-OPEN)


Europe’s open power plant database

GHS functional urban areas
(GHS-FUA R2019A)


City and its commuting zone (area of influence of the city in terms of labour market flows)

GHS Urban Centre Database


Urban Centres defined by specific cut-off values on resident population and built-up surface


Additional Data



Open Street Map (OSM)


BF, Transportation Network, Utilities Network, Places of Interest



Data from Rapid Mapping activations in Europe



Populated places, Adm. units, Hydrography, Forests, Hills/Mountains, Parks, etc.

Global Administrative Areas - Administrative areas of all countries, at all levels of sub-division
NUTS3 Population Age/Sex Group - Eurostat population by age ansd sex statistics interesected with the NUTS3 Units
FLOPROS   A global database of FLOod PROtection Standards, which comprises information in the form of the flood return period associated with protection measures, at different spatial scales


ECFAS partners provide the data "as is" and "as available" without warranty of any kind. The ECFAS partners shall not be held liable resulting from the use of the information and data provided.

This project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101004211




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