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Response to Comment on “High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change”

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Science  30 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6187, pp. 981
DOI: 10.1126/science.1248817


Tropek et al. critique the Hansen et al. global forest loss paper in terms of its utility and accuracy. Both criticisms suffer from a miscomprehension of the definition of forest employed as well as the requirements of product validation. Utility of the product is enhanced through its integration with forest type, carbon stock, protected area status, and other ancillary data.

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