Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 847–867, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 847–867, 2020

Data description paper 16 Apr 2020

Data description paper | 16 Apr 2020

Annual oil palm plantation maps in Malaysia and Indonesia from 2001 to 2016

Yidi Xu et al.

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The first annual oil palm area dataset (AOPD) for Malaysia and Indonesia from 2001 to 2016 was produced by integrating multiple satellite datasets and a change-detection algorithm (BFAST). This dataset reveals that oil palm plantations have expanded from 5.69 to 19.05 M ha in the two countries during the past 16 years. The AOPD is useful in understanding the deforestation process in Southeast Asia and may serve as land-use change inputs in dynamic global vegetation models.