Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2753–2776, 2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2753–2776, 2021

Data description paper 15 Jun 2021

Data description paper | 15 Jun 2021

GLC_FCS30: global land-cover product with fine classification system at 30 m using time-series Landsat imagery

Xiao Zhang et al.

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Short summary
Over past decades, a lot of global land-cover products have been released; however, these still lack a global land-cover map with a fine classification system and spatial resolution simultaneously. In this study, a novel global 30 m landcover classification with a fine classification system for the year 2015 (GLC_FCS30-2015) was produced by combining time series of Landsat imagery and high-quality training data from the GSPECLib on the Google Earth Engine computing platform.