Data for: A new ranking of the world's largest cities - Do administrative units obscure morphological realities?
The Shape-File „Morphological_Urban_Area.shp” contains the final delimitation of city extents based on the methodology described in section 3.2. The analysis was done for all cities on our planet with more than 300,000 inhabitants, i.e. a total of 1,692 cities were included in this study. However, as many urban regions across the globe have experienced a coalescence of multiple, once morphologically separate cities, the data sets in the Shape-File is reduced to 1569 MUA extents. This is due to the following approach: if MUAs from two (or more) neighboring cities overlap, we combine the MUAs from both (or more) cities into one.