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This data set, created by the [GLAD](http://glad.geog.umd.edu/) (Global Land Analysis & Discovery) lab at the University of Maryland and supported by Global Forest Watch, is the first Landsat-based alert system for tree cover loss. While most existing loss alert products use 250-meter resolution MODIS imagery, these alerts have a 30-meter resolution and thus can detect loss at a much finer spatial scale. The alerts are currently operational for select countries in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia, and will eventually be expanded to the rest of the humid tropics. New Landsat 7 and 8 images are downloaded as they are posted online at USGS EROS, assessed for cloud cover or poor data quality, and compared to the three previous years of Landsat-derived metrics (including ranks, means, and regressions of red, infrared and shortwave bands, and ranks of NDVI, NBR, and NDWI). The metrics and the latest Landsat image are run through seven decision trees to calculate a median probability of forest disturbance. Pixels with probability >50% are reported as tree cover loss alerts. For more information on methodology, see the [paper in Environmental Research Letters](http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034008). Alerts remain unconfirmed until two or more out of four consecutive observations are labelled as tree cover loss. Alerts that remain unconfirmed for four consecutive observations or more than 180 days are removed from the data set. You can choose to view only confirmed alerts in the menu, though keep in mind that using only confirmed alerts misses the newest detections of tree cover loss.

Dataset Attributes

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