Tree Cover Loss and Gain Area - Lao PDR

This file contains tabular data on tree cover, loss, and gain produced by the University of Maryland/Google. For more information on each data set, please visit data.globalforestwatch.org.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Dataset topic category
  • Dense forest
  • Forest cover reporting
  • Regenerated forest
  • Secondarymixed forest
Language
  • English
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Dataset reference date 2016-01-01
Temporal extent's start date 2000-01-01
Temporal extent's end date 2016-01-01
GeoNames
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Positional Accuracy There are no known accuracy issues with this data. Please refer to Global Forest Watch for more information. http://www.globalforestwatch.org/country/LAO
Logical Consistency "1. Due to variation in research methodology and/or date of content, tree cover, loss and gain cannot be compared against each other. Accordingly, “net” loss cannot be calculated by subtracting tree cover gain from tree cover loss, and current (or post-2000) tree cover extent cannot be determined by subtracting annual tree cover loss from year 2000 tree cover extent. 2. Please also note that “tree cover” does not equate to common definitions of “forest.” “Tree cover” refers to the biophysical presence of trees, which may be a part of natural forests or tree plantations. Thus, loss of tree cover may occur for many reasons, including deforestation, fire, and logging within the course of sustainable forestry operations. Similarly, tree cover gain may indicate the growth of trees within natural or managed forests. "
Completeness There are no known issues for completeness for the resource. Please refer to Global Forest Watch for more information. http://www.globalforestwatch.org/country/LAO
Process Step No changes have been made to process this data. The data-set is presented as downloaded from Global Forest Watch.
Lineage Hansen, M. C., P. V. Potapov, R. Moore, M. Hancher, S. A. Turubanova, A. Tyukavina, D. Thau, S. V. Stehman, S. J. Goetz, T. R. Loveland, A. Kommareddy, A. Egorov, L. Chini, C. O. Justice, and J. R. G. Townshend. 2013. “High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change.” Science 342 (15 November): 850–53. Data available on-line from: http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest. Hansen, M. C., P. V. Potapov, R. Moore, M. Hancher, S. A. Turubanova, A. Tyukavina, D. Thau, S. V. Stehman, S. J. Goetz, T. R. Loveland, A. Kommareddy, A. Egorov, L. Chini, C. O. Justice, and J. R. G. Townshend. 2013. “Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA Tree Cover Loss and Gain Area.” University of Maryland, Google, USGS, and NASA. Accessed through Global Forest Watch on [date]. www.globalforestwatch.org.
Responsible party Contact Mikaela Weisse mweisse@wri.org
License CC-BY-4.0
Copyright Yes
Version 2016
Keywords tree cover,tree cover loss,tree cover gain
Date uploaded February 15, 2018, 06:17 (UTC)
Date modified February 15, 2018, 09:12 (UTC)