GUEST POST: Land and Forest Cover Mapping and Monitoring – Global Scale Products

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This image is taken from a recent paper by Kim et al. (2014), accessible here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425714003149 This image is taken from a recent paper by Kim et al. (2014), accessible here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425714003149

The availability and accessibility of global land and forest cover data sets plays an important role in many global, regional and national change studies. Recent developments in earth observing satellite technology, information technology, computer hardware and software, and infrastructure development have helped in the development of better quality land cover data sets. As a result, such data sets are increasingly becoming available, the user-base is ever widening, application areas have been expanding, and the potential of many other applications are enormous.

Data Source Year Resolution Available@
Very Coarse Resolution Products Mathews Global Vegetation/Land Use 1983 1° x 1° http://www.giss.nasa.gov/
Olson Land Cover and Vegetation 1983 0.5° x 0.5° http://www.grid.unep.ch/
Willson and Henderson–Sellers Global Land Cover 1985 1° x 1° http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/
Coarse Resolution Products DeFries/Townshend-Global Land Cover 1995 10 km x 10 km http://glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/
GLCC (IGBP DISCover) 1997

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