Global Forest Change 2000–2015

Global Forest Change 2000–2015

From the webpage:

Results from time-series analysis of Landsat images in characterizing global forest extent and change from 2000 through 2015. For additional information about these results, please see the associated journal article (Hansen et al., Science 2013).

Web-based visualizations of these results are also available at our main site:

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User Notes for Version 1.3 Update

Some examples of improved change detection in the 2011–2015 update include the following:

  1. Improved detection of boreal forest loss due to fire.
  2. Improved detection of smallholder rotation agricultural clearing in dry and humid tropical forests.
  3. Improved detection of selective logging.
  4. Improved detection of the clearing of short cycle plantations in sub-tropical and tropical ecozones.

Detecting deforestation is the first step in walking up the chain of responsibility for this global scourge. One hopes with consequences at every level.

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