FAO GAUL: Global Administrative Unit Layers 2015, Second-Level Administrative Units

FAO/GAUL_SIMPLIFIED_500m/2015/level2
Dataset Availability
2014-12-19T16:45:00 - 2014-12-19T16:45:00
Dataset Provider
Earth Engine Snippet
ee.FeatureCollection("FAO/GAUL_SIMPLIFIED_500m/2015/level2")
Tags
gaul borders counties districts fao un

Description

The Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL) compiles and disseminates the best available information on administrative units for all the countries in the world, providing a contribution to the standardization of the spatial dataset representing administrative units. The GAUL always maintains global layers with a unified coding system at country, first (e.g. departments), and second administrative levels (e.g. districts). Where data is available, it provides layers on a country by country basis down to third, fourth, and lowers levels. The overall methodology consists in a) collecting the best available data from most reliable sources, b) establishing validation periods of the geographic features (when possible), c) adding selected data to the global layer based on the last country boundaries map provided by the UN Cartographic Unit (UNCS), d) generating codes using GAUL Coding System, and e) distribute data to the users (see Technical Aspects of the GAUL Distribution Set). Note that some administrative units are multipolygon features.

This simplified version of GAUL dataset at 500m.

Table Schema

Table Schema

Name Type Description
ADM0_CODE INT

GAUL country code

ADM0_NAME STRING

UN country name

DISP_AREA STRING

Unsettled territory: 'Yes' or 'No'

STATUS STRING

Status of the country

Shape_Area DOUBLE

Shape area

Shape_Leng DOUBLE

Shape length

ADM1_CODE INT

GAUL code of administrative units at first level

ADM1_NAME STRING

Name of administrative units at first level

ADM2_CODE INT

GAUL code of administrative units at second level

ADM2_NAME STRING

Name of administrative units at second level

EXP2_YEAR INT

Expiry year of the administrative unit

STR2_YEAR INT

Creation year of the administrative unit

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

The GAUL dataset is distributed to the United Nations and other authorized international and national institutions/agencies. FAO grants a license to use, download and print the materials contained in the GAUL dataset solely for non-commercial purposes and in accordance with the conditions specified in the data license. The full GAUL Data License document is available for downloading.