The Landsat Vegetation Continuous Fields (VCF) tree cover layers contain estimates of the percentage of horizontal ground in each
30-m pixel covered by woody vegetation greater than 5 meters in height. The product is derived from all seven bands of Landsat-5 Thematic
Mapper (TM) and/or Landsat-t Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+),
Tree cover, the proportional, vertically projected area of vegetation (including leaves, stems, branches, etc.) of woody plants above a
given height, affects terrestrial energy and water exchanges, photosynthesis and transpiration, net primary production, and carbon and nutrient
fluxes. Tree cover also affects habitat quality and movements of wildlife, residential property value for humans, and other ecosystem
services. The continuous classification scheme of the VCF product enables better depiction of land cover gradients than traditional
discrete classification schemes. Importantly for detection and monitoring of forest changes (e.g., deforestation and degradation), tree cover
provides a measurable attribute upon which to define forest cover and its changes. Changes in tree cover over time can be used to monitor and retrieve
site-specific histories of forest change.
Citation Format: Author(s), (Publication Date), Collection Name, Product Name
Version, Collection Publisher, Publisher Location, Product Coverage Date
Citation Parameters Example:
- Author:Sexton, J. O., Song, X.-P., Feng, M., Noojipady, P., Anand, A., Huang, C., Kim, D.-H., Collins, K.M., Channan, S., DiMiceli, C., and Townshend, J.R.G.
- Publication Date: (2013)
- Collection Name: Landsat Tree Cover Continuous Fields
- Product Name: Landsat Tree Cover
- Version: beta
- Publisher:Global Land Cover Facility, University of Maryland
- Publisher Location: College Park, Maryland
- Product Coverage Date: 2000
Full Example Citation: Sexton, J. O., Song, X.-P., Feng, M., Noojipady, P., Anand, A., Huang, C., Kim, D.-H., Collins, K.M., Channan, S., DiMiceli, C., Townshend, J.R.G. (2013).
Global, 30-m resolution continuous fields of tree cover: Landsat-based rescaling of MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields with lidar-based estimates of error.
International Journal of Digital Earth, 130321031236007. doi:10.1080/17538947.2013.786146.