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|Title:||Highlighting continued uncertainty in global land cover maps to the user community|
|Authors:||FRITZ Steffen; SEE Linda; MCCALLUM Ian; SCHILL Christian; OBERSTEINER Michael; VAN DER VELDE Marijn; BOETTCHER Hannes; HAVLIK Petr; ACHARD Frederic|
|Citation:||ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS vol. 6 no. 4|
|Publisher:||IOP PUBLISHING LTD|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||In the last 10 years a number of new global datasets have been created and new, more sophisticated algorithms have been designed to classify land cover. GlobCover and MODIS v.5 are the most recent global land cover products available, where GlobCover (300 m) has the finest spatial resolution of other comparable products such as MODIS v.5 (500 m) and GLC-2000 (1 km). This letter shows that the thematic accuracy in the cropland domain has decreased when comparing these two latest products. This disagreement is also evident spatially when examining maps of cropland and forest disagreement between GLC-2000, MODIS and GlobCover. The analysis highlights the continued uncertainty surrounding these products, with a combined forest and cropland disagreement of 893 Mha (GlobCover versus MODIS v.5). This letter suggests that data sharing efforts and the provision of more in situ data for training, calibration and validation are very important conditions for improving future global land cover products.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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