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 YearResolutionAvailable@
Very Coarse Resolution ProductsMathews Global Vegetation/Land Use19831° x 1°http://www.giss.nasa.gov/
Olson Land Cover and Vegetation19830.5° x 0.5°http://www.grid.unep.ch/
Willson and Henderson–Sellers Global Land Cover19851° x 1°http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/
Coarse Resolution ProductsDeFries/Townshend-Global Land Cover199510 km x 10 kmhttp://glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/
GLCC (IGBP DISCover)1997

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