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Last updated September 23rd 2020

Global Forest Watch Help Center

https://www.globalforestwatch.org/help

Use the map and dashboards

Use the map

The map allows you to visualize and analyze dozens of spatial data layers. Below you’ll find key functionalities to help you explore, create and share custom map visualizations using the data on the map.

  • Browse and select data. Available data layers are organized by category. You can combine data in the “Forest Change” category (including annual tree cover loss, deforestation alerts and fire alerts) with contextual layers in other categories – like “Land Cover” or “Land Use” – to identify potential causes and impacts of forest change. Some countries have additional, nationally relevant data available. To view the available country-specific data, click the “+ Add country” drop-down menu within the category and select one or multiple countries.
Country-specific data is accessible through the “+ Add country” drop-down menu.
  • Adjust data settings and learn more about the data. Once you activate a data layer, it will appear in the legend along with any settings options that are available for that data layer. For example, you can modify the date range and canopy density for certain data layers, change the opacity, learn more about a data layer’s citations and cautions, and remove a data layer from the legend. You can also change the order that the data layers appear in by dragging an activated data layer on the legend above or below other activated data layers. Learn more about adjusting data settings here.
Settings available for a data layer are accessible from the legend/analysis panel.
  • Customize the basemap. Change the basemap to view the data with a different map background. The boundaries of the basemap are customizable, and you can select whether labels and roads are shown. Learn more about selecting and customizing the basemap here.
The Landsat basemap was selected, offering a background of Landsat satellite imagery.
  • Access recent satellite imagery. Recent satellite imagery provides information regarding vegetation health around the world, and often helps validate near-real-time deforestation and fire alerts. Satellite imagery from Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 is available, with new images populating daily. Learn more about investigating forest change using recent satellite imagery here.
Sentinel-2 satellite imagery is over an oil palm concession area that experienced tree cover loss in Indonesia. The opacity of both data layers was lowered for a clearer view.
  • Adjust and share your map view. Zoom in and out or expand the map to hide panels from your view by using the first three icons on the bottom right of the map. From here, you can click the share icon to generate a unique link that captures your exact map view to share with others. You can also generate HTML to embed your map view within an external website. Learn more about adjusting map settings here.
Available map settings are accessible from the bottom right.
  • Analyze data on the map, save an area and subscribe to alerts. There are three ways to analyze data on the map, available by clicking the “Analysis” tab: Analyze a country or subnational jurisdiction; analyze a contextual layer; and analyze a custom area. After analyzing an area, you will have the option to save it to your My GFW account. After saving the area, you can subscribe to deforestation or fires alerts, and access forest statistics for the area on a dashboard. You will receive an email once the custom dashboard is complete. Learn more about analyzing data on the map here, and about saving and subscribing to an area here.
The results of an analysis are populated on the legend/analysis panel for the oil palm concession area in Indonesia.
  • Access your saved areas. Access and visualize the areas saved to your My GFW account. When you save additional locations to your account, they will also appear in the My GFW category. Learn more about managing saved areas here.
The oil palm concession area is now saved in My GFW.
  • Explore forest topics, Places to Watch and stories. Visualize data related to the impacts and drivers of forest change as they relate to topics like climate, biodiversity, water, commodities and fires. Places to Watch displays areas of recent, significant forest loss and includes stories detailing what happened in each location.
The commodities topic view was selected by clicking the “View on Map” icon.
  • Search for data or locations. Search for a data layer, location, coordinates, decimal degrees or UTM coordinates. Learn more about how to search for an area here.

Use the dashboards

Dashboards provide easily accessible statistics on forest change trends in the form of interactive data charts. You can customize and share data for the entire globe, individual countries, subnational regions and custom areas. Below you’ll find key functionalities to help you customize and share data within the dashboard.

  • Select your area of interest. Either maintain the default global view or select the country you would like to view forest statistics for. After selecting a country, you’ll have the option to select a subnational region. Learn more about viewing global, national and subnational forest statistics on a dashboard here.
Brazil was selected from the drop-down menu and a dashboard for the country was generated.
  • Share the dashboard and download the data. Click the share icon on the top right to generate a unique link that captures your dashboard to share with others. You can also download the data for the entire dashboard by clicking the download icon on the top right. When on a country or subnational dashboard, you’ll also have the option to save the area to your My GFW account.
Available dashboard settings are accessible from the top right.
  • Browse data charts and forest statistics. Data charts are organized by category. Click on a category and scroll down to view additional data charts and statistics related to land cover, forest change, land use, fires or climate.
  • Adjust data chart settings, download data, learn more about the data and share a data chart. Adjust settings for each data chart, such as the land category, canopy density and the date range. You can also download the data featured on an individual chart, learn more about the data, and share or embed the data chart. To share an individual data chart, click on the share icon to generate a unique link that captures your data chart to share with others, or generate HTML to embed your data chart within an external website.
Available data chart settings are accessible from the top right.
  • Access custom area dashboards. Access dashboards and view forest statistics for the areas saved to your My GFW account. You can share the dashboard by generating a unique link and can edit the information associated with your selected area of interest. Learn more about viewing forest statistics for a custom area on a dashboard here.
A dashboard for the saved oil palm concession area in Indonesia was generated.
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Last updated September 23rd 2020

Global Forest Watch Help Center

https://www.globalforestwatch.org/help

Use the map and dashboards

Use the map

The map allows you to visualize and analyze dozens of spatial data layers. Below you’ll find key functionalities to help you explore, create and share custom map visualizations using the data on the map.

  • Browse and select data. Available data layers are organized by category. You can combine data in the “Forest Change” category (including annual tree cover loss, deforestation alerts and fire alerts) with contextual layers in other categories – like “Land Cover” or “Land Use” – to identify potential causes and impacts of forest change. Some countries have additional, nationally relevant data available. To view the available country-specific data, click the “+ Add country” drop-down menu within the category and select one or multiple countries.
Country-specific data is accessible through the “+ Add country” drop-down menu.
  • Adjust data settings and learn more about the data. Once you activate a data layer, it will appear in the legend along with any settings options that are available for that data layer. For example, you can modify the date range and canopy density for certain data layers, change the opacity, learn more about a data layer’s citations and cautions, and remove a data layer from the legend. You can also change the order that the data layers appear in by dragging an activated data layer on the legend above or below other activated data layers. Learn more about adjusting data settings here.
Settings available for a data layer are accessible from the legend/analysis panel.
  • Customize the basemap. Change the basemap to view the data with a different map background. The boundaries of the basemap are customizable, and you can select whether labels and roads are shown. Learn more about selecting and customizing the basemap here.
The Landsat basemap was selected, offering a background of Landsat satellite imagery.
  • Access recent satellite imagery. Recent satellite imagery provides information regarding vegetation health around the world, and often helps validate near-real-time deforestation and fire alerts. Satellite imagery from Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 is available, with new images populating daily. Learn more about investigating forest change using recent satellite imagery here.
Sentinel-2 satellite imagery is over an oil palm concession area that experienced tree cover loss in Indonesia. The opacity of both data layers was lowered for a clearer view.
  • Adjust and share your map view. Zoom in and out or expand the map to hide panels from your view by using the first three icons on the bottom right of the map. From here, you can click the share icon to generate a unique link that captures your exact map view to share with others. You can also generate HTML to embed your map view within an external website. Learn more about adjusting map settings here.
Available map settings are accessible from the bottom right.
  • Analyze data on the map, save an area and subscribe to alerts. There are three ways to analyze data on the map, available by clicking the “Analysis” tab: Analyze a country or subnational jurisdiction; analyze a contextual layer; and analyze a custom area. After analyzing an area, you will have the option to save it to your My GFW account. After saving the area, you can subscribe to deforestation or fires alerts, and access forest statistics for the area on a dashboard. You will receive an email once the custom dashboard is complete. Learn more about analyzing data on the map here, and about saving and subscribing to an area here.
The results of an analysis are populated on the legend/analysis panel for the oil palm concession area in Indonesia.
  • Access your saved areas. Access and visualize the areas saved to your My GFW account. When you save additional locations to your account, they will also appear in the My GFW category. Learn more about managing saved areas here.
The oil palm concession area is now saved in My GFW.
  • Explore forest topics, Places to Watch and stories. Visualize data related to the impacts and drivers of forest change as they relate to topics like climate, biodiversity, water, commodities and fires. Places to Watch displays areas of recent, significant forest loss and includes stories detailing what happened in each location.
The commodities topic view was selected by clicking the “View on Map” icon.
  • Search for data or locations. Search for a data layer, location, coordinates, decimal degrees or UTM coordinates. Learn more about how to search for an area here.

Use the dashboards

Dashboards provide easily accessible statistics on forest change trends in the form of interactive data charts. You can customize and share data for the entire globe, individual countries, subnational regions and custom areas. Below you’ll find key functionalities to help you customize and share data within the dashboard.

  • Select your area of interest. Either maintain the default global view or select the country you would like to view forest statistics for. After selecting a country, you’ll have the option to select a subnational region. Learn more about viewing global, national and subnational forest statistics on a dashboard here.
Brazil was selected from the drop-down menu and a dashboard for the country was generated.
  • Share the dashboard and download the data. Click the share icon on the top right to generate a unique link that captures your dashboard to share with others. You can also download the data for the entire dashboard by clicking the download icon on the top right. When on a country or subnational dashboard, you’ll also have the option to save the area to your My GFW account.
Available dashboard settings are accessible from the top right.
  • Browse data charts and forest statistics. Data charts are organized by category. Click on a category and scroll down to view additional data charts and statistics related to land cover, forest change, land use, fires or climate.
  • Adjust data chart settings, download data, learn more about the data and share a data chart. Adjust settings for each data chart, such as the land category, canopy density and the date range. You can also download the data featured on an individual chart, learn more about the data, and share or embed the data chart. To share an individual data chart, click on the share icon to generate a unique link that captures your data chart to share with others, or generate HTML to embed your data chart within an external website.
Available data chart settings are accessible from the top right.
  • Access custom area dashboards. Access dashboards and view forest statistics for the areas saved to your My GFW account. You can share the dashboard by generating a unique link and can edit the information associated with your selected area of interest. Learn more about viewing forest statistics for a custom area on a dashboard here.
A dashboard for the saved oil palm concession area in Indonesia was generated.
Print this article

Use the map and dashboards

Use the map

The map allows you to visualize and analyze dozens of spatial data layers. Below you’ll find key functionalities to help you explore, create and share custom map visualizations using the data on the map.

  • Browse and select data. Available data layers are organized by category. You can combine data in the “Forest Change” category (including annual tree cover loss, deforestation alerts and fire alerts) with contextual layers in other categories – like “Land Cover” or “Land Use” – to identify potential causes and impacts of forest change. Some countries have additional, nationally relevant data available. To view the available country-specific data, click the “+ Add country” drop-down menu within the category and select one or multiple countries.
Country-specific data is accessible through the “+ Add country” drop-down menu.
  • Adjust data settings and learn more about the data. Once you activate a data layer, it will appear in the legend along with any settings options that are available for that data layer. For example, you can modify the date range and canopy density for certain data layers, change the opacity, learn more about a data layer’s citations and cautions, and remove a data layer from the legend. You can also change the order that the data layers appear in by dragging an activated data layer on the legend above or below other activated data layers. Learn more about adjusting data settings here.
Settings available for a data layer are accessible from the legend/analysis panel.
  • Customize the basemap. Change the basemap to view the data with a different map background. The boundaries of the basemap are customizable, and you can select whether labels and roads are shown. Learn more about selecting and customizing the basemap here.
The Landsat basemap was selected, offering a background of Landsat satellite imagery.
  • Access recent satellite imagery. Recent satellite imagery provides information regarding vegetation health around the world, and often helps validate near-real-time deforestation and fire alerts. Satellite imagery from Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 is available, with new images populating daily. Learn more about investigating forest change using recent satellite imagery here.
Sentinel-2 satellite imagery is over an oil palm concession area that experienced tree cover loss in Indonesia. The opacity of both data layers was lowered for a clearer view.
  • Adjust and share your map view. Zoom in and out or expand the map to hide panels from your view by using the first three icons on the bottom right of the map. From here, you can click the share icon to generate a unique link that captures your exact map view to share with others. You can also generate HTML to embed your map view within an external website. Learn more about adjusting map settings here.
Available map settings are accessible from the bottom right.
  • Analyze data on the map, save an area and subscribe to alerts. There are three ways to analyze data on the map, available by clicking the “Analysis” tab: Analyze a country or subnational jurisdiction; analyze a contextual layer; and analyze a custom area. After analyzing an area, you will have the option to save it to your My GFW account. After saving the area, you can subscribe to deforestation or fires alerts, and access forest statistics for the area on a dashboard. You will receive an email once the custom dashboard is complete. Learn more about analyzing data on the map here, and about saving and subscribing to an area here.
The results of an analysis are populated on the legend/analysis panel for the oil palm concession area in Indonesia.
  • Access your saved areas. Access and visualize the areas saved to your My GFW account. When you save additional locations to your account, they will also appear in the My GFW category. Learn more about managing saved areas here.
The oil palm concession area is now saved in My GFW.
  • Explore forest topics, Places to Watch and stories. Visualize data related to the impacts and drivers of forest change as they relate to topics like climate, biodiversity, water, commodities and fires. Places to Watch displays areas of recent, significant forest loss and includes stories detailing what happened in each location.
The commodities topic view was selected by clicking the “View on Map” icon.
  • Search for data or locations. Search for a data layer, location, coordinates, decimal degrees or UTM coordinates. Learn more about how to search for an area here.

Use the dashboards

Dashboards provide easily accessible statistics on forest change trends in the form of interactive data charts. You can customize and share data for the entire globe, individual countries, subnational regions and custom areas. Below you’ll find key functionalities to help you customize and share data within the dashboard.

  • Select your area of interest. Either maintain the default global view or select the country you would like to view forest statistics for. After selecting a country, you’ll have the option to select a subnational region. Learn more about viewing global, national and subnational forest statistics on a dashboard here.
Brazil was selected from the drop-down menu and a dashboard for the country was generated.
  • Share the dashboard and download the data. Click the share icon on the top right to generate a unique link that captures your dashboard to share with others. You can also download the data for the entire dashboard by clicking the download icon on the top right. When on a country or subnational dashboard, you’ll also have the option to save the area to your My GFW account.
Available dashboard settings are accessible from the top right.
  • Browse data charts and forest statistics. Data charts are organized by category. Click on a category and scroll down to view additional data charts and statistics related to land cover, forest change, land use, fires or climate.
  • Adjust data chart settings, download data, learn more about the data and share a data chart. Adjust settings for each data chart, such as the land category, canopy density and the date range. You can also download the data featured on an individual chart, learn more about the data, and share or embed the data chart. To share an individual data chart, click on the share icon to generate a unique link that captures your data chart to share with others, or generate HTML to embed your data chart within an external website.
Available data chart settings are accessible from the top right.
  • Access custom area dashboards. Access dashboards and view forest statistics for the areas saved to your My GFW account. You can share the dashboard by generating a unique link and can edit the information associated with your selected area of interest. Learn more about viewing forest statistics for a custom area on a dashboard here.
A dashboard for the saved oil palm concession area in Indonesia was generated.

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