Percent Treecover in Kenya

This dataset portrays percent treecover in Kenya.

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The Vegetation Continuous Fields (VCF) collection contains proportional estimates for vegetative cover types: woody vegetation, herbaceous vegetation, and bare ground. The product is derived from all seven bands of the MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA's Terra satellite. The continuous classification scheme of the VCF product may depict areas of heterogeneous land cover better than traditional discrete classification schemes. While traditional classification schemes indicate where land cover types are concentrated, this VCF product is great for showing how much of a land cover such as ""forest"" or ""grassland"" exists anywhere on a land surface. This data was used in Map 7.2 in Nature's Benefits in Kenya: An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being. This is a grid dataset. Percent treecover should be displayed using attribute field ""VALUE"" Classes 0-100 represent percent treecover. Classes 251 and 253 represent water. More information about the dataset, as well as downloads can be found at:


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Hansen, M., DeFries, R., Townshend, J.R., Carroll, M., Dimiceli, C., Sohlberg, R.. 2003. 500m MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields Version 1.0. College Park, Maryland: The Global Land Cover Facility.

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License: Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)


Project: Ecosystem Service Mapping

Page Last Updated: August 19, 2016

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