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Historical forest cover in the Kivu Rift (1958)

Depicker, Arthur; Dewitte, Olivier; Smets, Benoît; Mboga, Nicholus; Lennert, Moritz

If you use this dataset, please refer to our work: Depicker, A., Jacobs, L., Mboga, N. et al. Historical dynamics of landslide risk from population and forest-cover changes in the Kivu Rift. Nat Sustain (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00757-9

This .tif file represents the forest cover in the Kivu Rift in 1958, covering parts of the eastern DRC, western Rwanda, and western Burundi. The forest data was derived from 1 m resolution panchromatic historical aerial photographs (conserved at the Royal Museum for Central Africa) and resampled to a 30 m resolution.

The data range from 0 to 1, representing the % of forest cover. Data smaller than 0 can be considered NoData values.

This work was funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) through the PAStECA project (BR/165/A3/PASTECA) entitled `Historical Aerial Photographs and Archives to Assess Environmental Changes in Central Africa' (http://pasteca.africamuseum.be/).

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