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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).

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' (

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