Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3767–3789, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-3767-2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3767–3789, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-3767-2021

Data description paper 06 Aug 2021

Data description paper | 06 Aug 2021

An update and beyond: key landscapes for conservation land cover and change monitoring, thematic and validation datasets for the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions

Zoltan Szantoi et al.

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The ever-evolving landscapes in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions should be monitored for land cover changes. The Global Land Monitoring Service of the Copernicus Programme, and in particular the Hot Spot Monitoring activity, developed a satellite-imagery-based workflow to monitor such areas. Here, we present a total of 852 025 km2 of areas mapped with up to 32 land cover classes. Thematic land cover and land cover change maps, as well as validation datasets, are presented.