The gfcanalysis package facilitates analyses of forest change using the Global Forest Change dataset released by Hansen et al. 2013, and subsequent versions of that data. The package was originally designed to support the work of the Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring (TEAM) Network.

Package Installation

Release Version

To install the release version of gfcanalysis in R, just run:


Development Version

The easiest way to install the development version of the gfcanalysis package is using the devtools package. After installing devtools, type:



There are two example scripts demonstrating how to use the gfcanalysis package:

Author Contact Information

Matt Cooper (current author and maintainer)
PhD Student
Department of Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland

Alex Zvoleff (original author)
Senior Director, Resilience Science
Moore Center for Science Conservation International
2011 Crystal Dr. Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202


Hansen, M. C., P. V. Potapov, R. Moore, M. Hancher, S. A. Turubanova, A. Tyukavina, D. Thau, S. V. Stehman, S. J. Goetz, T. R. Loveland, A. Kommareddy, A. Egorov, L. Chini, C. O. Justice, and J. R. G. Townshend. 2013. High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change. Science 342, (15 November): 850–853. Data available on-line from: