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Comment on “Tropical forests are a net carbon source based on aboveground measurements of gain and loss”

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Science  11 Jan 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6423, eaar3629
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3629


Baccini et al. (Reports, 13 October 2017, p. 230) report MODIS-derived pantropical forest carbon change, with spatial patterns of carbon loss that do not correspond to higher-resolution Landsat-derived tree cover loss. The assumption that map results are unbiased and free of commission and omission errors is not supported. The application of passive moderate-resolution optical data to monitor forest carbon change overstates our current capabilities.

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