Comparison of Global and Continental Land Cover Products for Selected Study Areas in South Central and Eastern European Region

This study builds on the collaboration of scientists participating in the Global Observations of Forest Cover—Global Observations of Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), South Central and Eastern European Regional Information Network (SCERIN), and was enabled by the workshops of the network.

The main objective of the study is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of commonly used Global and Continental Land Cover Products (GCLCs) at selected representative study areas in the SCERIN geographic area, which is characterized by extreme diversity of landscapes and environmental conditions, heavily affected by anthropogenic impacts with similar major socio-economic drivers. The employed validation strategy for evaluating and comparing the different products is detailed, representative results for the selected areas from nine SCERIN countries are presented, the specific regional differences are identified and their underlying causes are discussed.

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