Global Percent Tree Cover at a Spatial Resolution of 500 Meters: First Results of the MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields Algorithm

@article{Hansen2003GlobalPT,
  title={Global Percent Tree Cover at a Spatial Resolution of 500 Meters: First Results of the MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields Algorithm},
  author={Matthew C. Hansen and Ruth S. DeFries and John R. Townshend and Mark L. Carroll and Charlene M. DiMiceli and Rob Sohlberg},
  journal={Earth Interactions},
  year={2003},
  volume={7},
  pages={1-15}
}
Abstract The first results of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) vegetation continuous field algorithm's global percent tree cover are presented. Percent tree cover per 500-m MODIS pixel is estimated using a supervised regression tree algorithm. Data derived from the MODIS visible bands contribute the most to discriminating tree cover. The results show that MODIS data yield greater spatial detail in the characterization of tree cover compared to past efforts using AVHRR… 

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