Rwanda Natural Forest Cover Dynamics between 2015 and 2020


June 19, 2023 - Racine Ly and Khadim Dia

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The research team used two datasets in this note to study Rwanda’s forest cover dynamics over the 2015-2019 period and the year 2020. The datasets were the Proba-V land use and land cover map for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (Buchhorn et al., 2020)1 and the global forest cover loss for 2020 (Methodology paper cf. Hansen et al., 2020 (with updated 2020 data)). Both datasets were produced using a combination of satellite remote sensing data and machine learning techniques to classify pixels based on a specific metric, such as spectral signatures and vegetation indices.


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