About Urban morphological zones 2006

F3v0 - Urban morphological zones (UMZ) are defined by Corine land cover classes considered to contribute to the urban tissue and function

An Urban Morphological Zone can be defined as a “set of urban areas laying less than 200m apart”.

Those urban areas are defined from land cover classes contributing to the urban tissue and function.

The Corine Land Cover classes used to build the Urban Morphological Zone dataset are the following ones:

Core Classes:

  • 111 – Continuous urban fabric
  • 112 – Discontinuous urban fabric
  • 121 – Industrial or commercial units
  • 141 – Green urban areas

Enlarged core classes:

  • 123 (Port areas), 124 (Airports) and 142 (Sport and leisure facilities), are also considered if they are neighbours to the core classes or to one of them touching the core classes.
  • 122 (Road and rail networks) and 511 (Water courses), when neighbours to the enlarged core classes, cut by 300m buffer.
  • Forests & scrub (311,312,313,322,323,324), when they are completely within the core classes.

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European Environment Agency
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