Sentinel-2 outperformed Landsat 8 in forest variable estimation

In a recent paper, published in Remote Sensing of Environment we compared the performance of Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 satellites in the estimation of forest variables in Finland. The variables were stem volume (V), stem diameter (D), tree height (H) and basal area (G), and their species-wise components for pine (Pine), spruce (Spr) and broadleaved (BL) trees. We compared the S2 and L8 performances using twelve different test setups including different Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 band combinations and pixel resolutions, and using two different modelling methods. They also identified the best predictive image bands for each test setup.

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New infrastructure for Forestry TEP

Monday 28 January marks another key step for Forestry TEP, after introducing our new web domain in November: we are transferring F-TEP to employ the infrastructure and data provision services of CREODIAS. Run by CloudFerro and their partners in Poland, it is one the five Copernicus DIAS platforms that started operations last year, with the aim of supporting European business and research activities in demand of data and processing services. As before, VTT and CGI are operating the Forestry TEP.

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Forestry TEP firmly forward!

Forestry TEP is now running in a brand new domain address This is a step towards more independent identity, while the European Space Agency ESA continues to support the platform, particularly in the on-boarding of user organizations. As before, the platform is operated by VTT and CGI, committed to maintaining and developing the platform further and supporting our users. We are delighted to say that Forestry TEP is developing strongly and gathering users.

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Remote Sensing of Boreal Forests

Dear Colleague,

Dr. Garik Gutman, Dr. Oleg Antropov and I are serving as the Guest Editors for a Special Issue entitled "Remote Sensing of Boreal Forests" for the Remote Sensing journal. I would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website.

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Look what you can find now!

Forestry TEP is now empowered by the enhanced data catalogue of EO Cloud, enabling you to utilize the complete and continuosly updating Sentinel-2 data globally, as well as the full data from the Sentinel-3 mission. With regard to the Sentinel-1 radar mission, full GRD level data is available as well, complemented by SLC level data for Europe and surrounding areas.

To guarantee efficiency - and obviously in line with the TEP concept in general - our processing environment is now also hosted by the capable infrastructure of EO Cloud.

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Recent F-TEP articles

Over the last few months a couple of recent articles on F-TEP have been published:

An article in EOMag, the magazine from the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC). This article, titled 'Building a forestry processing platform ready for the Copernicus age', can be found here

Another article has been published on the ESA portal. This article, titled 'Space Helps Forests Regenerate', can be found here

Over the next few months other articles will be published that describe ongoing activities within F-TEP. 

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Trainings keep on rolling

The Introductory Trainings that we have been holding have turned out increasingly popular. We are now pleased to announce further trainings - you will find the times below. We will update this news item with more dates and details as we can confirm them. Please sign up by sending an email to, indicating which session you would like to participate. If none of the times fit you, let us know and we can try to arrange.

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More Forestry TEP Trainings

Further Forestry TEP training sessions are organized this week and in September. Please sign up by sending an email to, indicating which session you would like to participate. If none of the times fit you, let us know and we can try to arrange.

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