GIS Data on Urban Expansion for World Cities from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy contains an extensive section of GIS resources for 120 cities around the world as part of their Atlas of Urban Expansion: http://www.lincolninst.edu/subcenters/atlas-urban-expansion/Default.aspx
These data include:
- Two urban land cover maps, one circa 1990 and one circa 2000;
- The administrative boundary shapefile;
- Two maps of the urban landscape categories, one circa 1990 and one circa 2000; rectified satellite imagery.
- The map of new development categories (infill, extension, leapfrog).
These data sets are excellent tools for research and teaching. Associated metrics, papers, and books are explained on the site as well. The other resources at the Lincoln Institute are worthwhile to investigate, on the topics of planning and urban form, valuation and taxation, and international studies.