I want to try to get a handle on what's becoming of the world's rainforests right now but not seeming to find recent (i.e. around 2010) data.

The stuff here:


as far as I can tell goes up to about 2006, but no further.

I am principally interested in the Amazon and Borneo rainforests.

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I did succeed in finding this:


...but I have no idea how to use the data therein. Examining the pixels of a given HDF gives me a bunch of integers without clearly defined semantics.

Look at this:


While it's from 2000, I can at least tell what the numbers mean; see heading "Code Values".

I also don't know the technical name of the "plate carrée" projection it's supposed to be in, so that I can project it properly in QGIS or GRASS.

  • You may want to create a new question (referencing old question) about how to use this data type.
    – artwork21
    Dec 29, 2012 at 17:41
  • Alright, will do. Dec 30, 2012 at 10:27

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