The Global Forest Cover Change project is a multi-year activity designed to generate forest cover and forest cover change products at multiple resolutions and multiple dates for every land surface in the world. The GFCC team is located at the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This activity is sponsored primarily through the NASA MEaSUREs program, with its emphasis on producing quality data products called Earth Science Data Records (ESDRs). Using Landsat Global Land Survey (GLS) for the 30 meter products, and MODIS for the VCF products, the following ESDRs will be generated and made available:
- Global fine resolution (< 100 m) surface reflectance ESDR for four epochs centered around 1975, 1990, 2000, and 2005;
- Fine resolution (< 100 m) forest cover change (FCC) ESDR between the four epochs;
- Fragmentation products derived from the fine resolution FCC products;
- Global 250-m vegetation continuous field (VCF) based FCC ESDR from 2000 to 2005;
- FCC ESDR products aggregated from the fine resolution and the 250 m FCC products to 250 m, 500 m, 1 km, and 0.05° grids for use by carbon, biogeochemical and hydrological modelers;
- Subsets of the above products for protected areas of the world and their buffer zones.