Deere, N.J. et al

High Carbon Stock stratification of the SAFE project site, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, 2015 [HMTF]

This data set provides a spatial stratification of forest cover into discrete vegetation classes according to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach. The data set covers the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project site located in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Data were collected in 2015 during a project which was included in the NERC Human-modified tropical forest (HMTF) programme.

Publication date: 2017-09-18

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Shapefile

You must cite: Deere, N.J.; Guillera-Arroita, G.; Baking, E.L.; Bernard, H.; Pfeifer, M.; Reynolds, G.; Wearn, O.R.; Davies, Z.G.; Struebig, M.J. (2017). High Carbon Stock stratification of the SAFE project site, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, 2015 [HMTF]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


© University of Kent 2017


Study area
Temporal extent
2015-03-01    to    2015-09-01

Provenance & quality

Landsat 8 and SPOT5 satellite imagery (15 m and 2.5 m resolution respectively; temporal range: 2012-2014) were used to stratify forest habitat using phase one High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessment protocols. Multiple data sources were chosen to minimise the difficulties associated with cloud cover and haze. A supervised classification of satellite images was undertaken, supplemented with visual interpretation techniques to correct for the potentially confounding effects of topographic shadow. This resulted in four discrete HCS classes, in descending order of carbon value: Dense Forest, Young Regenerating Forest, Scrub and Open Land. These classes were calibrated using above-ground carbon values derived from forest inventory data collected as part of the core SAFE monitoring programme (N=139).


This dataset is included in the following collections

NERC Human-modified Tropical Forest (HMTF) Programme

Supplemental information

Correspondence/contact details

Nick Deere
University of Kent
School of Anthropology and Conservation, Marlowe Building


Deere, N.J.
University of Kent
Guillera-Arroita, G.
University of Melbourne
Baking, E.L.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Bernard, H.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Pfeifer, M.
Newcastle University
Reynolds, G.
South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP)
Wearn, O.R.
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Davies, Z.G.
University of Kent
Struebig, M.J.
University of Kent

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NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
University of Kent

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover , Geoscientific Information
fragmentation,  High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach,  human-modified landscape,  Mammals,  oil palm,  REDD+,  Tropical forests
Land Cover
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:36