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Where can I find GIS data for the Forest coverage for the entire Europe? Is there such a product available for free?

I am looking for raster or vector (polygons) with the information of the % of coverage by raster cell or polygon.

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Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) – Mapperz Apr 12 '13 at 13:39

You can use the Corine Land Cover which covers all Europe (version 2006 does not include greece for some reason)

Its availabe in raster and in Vector format

All the Classes starting from 31 are forestry:

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There are several products derived from satellite imagery available from the Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF). The following products from GLCF may be of interest to you:

AVHRR Continuous Fields Tree Cover Product

These data products are available on a global scale or in continetal subsets in either Goode's or Lat/Long. Each product contains an overall treecover data file and files separated according to the following tree cover types: broadleaf, deciduous, evergreen, and needle leaf.

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MODIS, 500m, 32-Day Global Composites

Composites were derived from the MOD09A1 eight-day surface reflectance product. MODIS bands 1 through 7 (red, NIR, green, blue, SWIR, SWIR, SWIR) are available in single band GeoTIFF files in continental subsets. These composites were used to derive the MODIS Vegetation Continous Fields product.

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The European Commission's Joint Research Centre produced two pan-European forest cover maps derived from optical satellite imagery for the reference years of 2000 and 2006. The 2006 version also includes a forest type (broadleaf/coniferous) classification (see map below).

All data are freely available for download as GeoTIFFs from here. More detailed information concerning the methodology of the 2006 forest maps is available here

European Forest Type Map (2006)

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