China Releases Global Land Cover Data Set
Last month, the Chinese government donated its global land cover data set to the United Nations, making the information available to member states and the public. GlobeLand30, which is prepared annually by the country’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping, and Geo-Information, contains land cover information at 30 meter resolution. The data spans land types including water bodies, forests, artificial surfaces, farmland, and wetlands, among others. Chinese authorities hope the data will be useful to the scientific community, especially climate scientists working to measure and monitor environmental factors associated with United Nations sustainable development goals.