I have scoured both the GFC website, research papers and Stack Exchange, but haven't been able to find a clear and reliable explanation of what the "Year of gross forest cover loss event" pixel values represent.
Using V1.6 as an example, if I download the "lossyear" dataset, I see values in the range of 0-18: Assuming 0 equals no loss, does 18 equal a loss event between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018? Or does 18 equal a loss event between 1st January 2017 and 1st January 2018?
People I have spoken to regarding this have assumed that pixel value 18 equals a loss within the year of 2018, so 1st Jan 2018 to 31st Dec 2018. But looking at a chart from the paper has confused me.
According to this, I would expect loss between 2000 and 2001 to be value 1, so therefore in my dataset a pixel value of 18 would represent loss that occurred between 2017 and 2018.
Can anyone clarify this for me?