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RLC Forest Cover Map of the Former Soviet Union, 1990

Data Set Overview

Data setRLC Forest Cover Map of the Former Soviet Union, 1990
Release date2004-01-07
ProjectRussian Land Cover (RLC)
Time Period1990-01-01


This data set is a 1:2.5 million scale forest cover map for the land area of the Former Soviet Union that was completed in 1990 (Garsia 1990). There are forty-five classes distinguished in this data set, of which 38 are forest cover classes. The purpose of this map was to create a generalized and up-to-date map of forest cover for the USSR. This map should not be viewed as a detailed forest cover map but more like an economic forestry map. The most important tree species of a region are highlighted rather than the dominant trees species or tree cover. Very few tree species are defined. In many cases, of course, the dominant and the most important trees species are the same.


Data set reference document


Stone, T.A., and P. Schlesinger. 2003. RLC Forest Cover Map of the Former Soviet Union, 1990. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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Russian Land Cover (RLC): The Russian Land Cover database consists of land use and land cover satellite-based map products of Russia and of the Former Soviet Union. The GIS products included provide scientists and resource managers with the information needed in the management, characterization, and measurement of Russian forest resources as well as the land use and land cover data needed for Russian land management.

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Companion Files

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  • fmap90_readme.txt
  • fmap90_legend.doc
  • fmap90_legend-4.pdf
  • RLC_forest90.pdf
  • fmap90_projection.txt

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDatesCompanion file
fmap90.dat.gz 2.2 MB 1990-01-01 - 1990-12-31
fmap90.doc 1.7 KB 1990-01-01 - 1990-12-31
fmap90.img 2.8 MB 1990-01-01 - 1990-12-31 fmap90.jpg 20.5 MB 1990-01-01 - 1990-12-31

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