View global data
Visualize data on the map
1. Navigate to the GFW Interactive Map
2. Using the tabs across the top of the map, select the data layers you want to display. UMD/Google tree cover loss and gain is displayed by default.
3. Click the information icon in the drop down menu to learn more about each data layer. This includes information such as the origin of the data, resolution, frequency, cautions, and where you can download the original data set.
4. View selected layers in the data legend. For data layers restricted to a particular geographic region, you can turn on “Geographic coverage” in the data legend to see the geographic extent of the particular data layer on the map.
5. Share your map view, analyze data (see Conduct Analysis and Subscribe to Alerts), or adjust the data settings using the buttons on the map.
6. Change the base map to view data with a different map background.
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Visualize data as a time series
For most data layers under the Forest Change tab, the default view shows cumulative data points over the entire study period. However, most of these layers can also be viewed as a time series. The specific time intervals (e.g., annual, monthly, daily) vary for each data layer.
1. Select the Forest Change data layer you want to view as a time series.
2. On the bottom of the map, locate the timeline.
3. Some timelines allow you to animate the data over time or select a time interval. Press the play button on the left to view an animation of the entire time series or drag the ends of the timeline to select a specific period of time.
4. For data layers with a simple timeline, select the period for which you would like to view data.
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Learn more about individual data points and polygons
Some data layers allow you to click on individual data points and polygons (i.e., shapes) to view additional information. This feature applies to NASA active fires (within the Forest Change tab) and/or data within the Forest Use, Conservation, People, and Stories tabs.
1. Select a data layer, noting that this feature only applies to certain layers (see above).
2. Click on the data point or polygon you want to learn more about and an information window will appear. Note: You can analyze Forest Change data within individual land-use concessions and protected areas by selecting the analysis icon in the information window. Click the Conduct Analysis and Subscribe to Alerts tab on this page for step-by-step guidance.
GFW Interactive Map
Interested in conducting more detailed analyses of concessions related to specific commodities? Visit GFW Commodities.
View country data
View and download national and subnational statistics
1. Navigate to the country profiles.
2. Select a country or search for a country to view statistics and graphs related to tree cover loss and gain, forest type, economy, land tenure, and more.
3. See statistics and graphs for a subnational jurisdiction using the “Select Jurisdiction” button located under the country name. Note: Only the statistics and graphs presented on the top portion of the country profile can be refined to subnational jurisdictions.
4. For statistics and graphs presented in the top portion of the country profile, use the options menu on the right to download the original data, download a table with country statistics, or adjust the minimum tree cover canopy density.
5. Learn more about or share each statistic and graph by selecting the information or share icons, when available.
View country rankings for tree cover, loss, and gain
1. Navigate to Country rankings.
2. Use the tabs to navigate through different ranking categories.
3. Click on a country name in the ranking list to access the country profile.
4. Select the Settings button to adjust the minimum tree cover canopy density.
5. Learn more about or share each graph by selecting the information or share icons.
1. Go to the Submit a Story page.
2. Enter your story title, location, and date. You can select the story location by dropping a pin on the embedded map.
3. Enter your story content in the Details box.
4. Upload a photo or video file to your story (optional). Maximum upload size is 5MB.
5. Click “Submit Story.”
6. See your story immediately by selecting the “user stories” layer on the GFW map.Submit a story