Hansen et al. (Science 342:850-853) published a high-resolution global forest map with detailed information on local forest loss and gain. A group of researchers show that Hansen et al.’s map does not distinguish tropical forests from plantations and even herbaceous crops, which leads to a substantial underestimate of forest loss and compromises its value for local policy decisions.
- Original paper: Hansen et al. 2013.High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change. Science 342: 850-853 (Link to Hansen et al.’s response)
- Critique: Tropek et al. 2014. Comment on “High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change”. Science 344: 981. (Link to Tropek et al.’s comment)
- Response to critique: Hansen et al. 2014. Response to Comment on “High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change”. Science 344:981. (Link to Hansen et al.’s response)