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.
China Releases Global Land Cover Data Set
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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