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Research article2022Peer reviewedOpen access

Harvested area did not increase abruptly—how advancements in satellite-based mapping led to erroneous conclusions

Breidenbach, Johannes; Ellison, David; Petersson, Hans; Korhonen, Kari T.; Henttonen, Helena M.; Wallerman, Jörgen; Fridman, Jonas; Gobakken, Terje; Astrup, Rasmus; Næsset, Erik


Key message: Using satellite-based maps, Ceccherini et al. (Nature 583:72-77, 2020) report abruptly increasing harvested area estimates in several EU countries beginning in 2015. Using more than 120,000 National Forest Inventory observations to analyze the satellite-based map, we show that it is not harvested area but the map's ability to detect harvested areas that abruptly increases after 2015 in Finland and Sweden.


Global Forest Watch; Landsat; Remote sensing; National Forest Inventory; Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Published in

Annals of Forest Science
2022, Volume: 79, number: 1, article number: 2