Researchers propose high resolution satellite constellation to provide free data for forest monitoring

The full-scale operations of Sentinel-2 had hardly begun when researchers began to strive for free satellite data with higher resolution. Michael Schmidt from CONABIO, Mexico and Matt Hansen from University of Maryland, USA announced a plan for a constellation of eight satellites in a forestry workshop in Mexico in early June 2016. The workshop ‘Regional solutions to forest type stratification and characterizing the forest state for national forest monitoring and carbon emissions reporting’ was organized by the Global Forest Observation Initiative, CONABIO, and the US aid program SilvaCarbon.

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Forestry TEP well received in ESA’s Living Planet Symposium

About 3,000 earth observation professionals from academia, research organizations and industry assembled for the fifth Living Planet Symposium in Prague in early May.

Recent developments in the Forestry Thematic Exploitation Platform (F-TEP) were presented in a dedicated TEP session. An additional specific meeting for all six TEPs was also held. In the exhibition hall the participants could discuss bilaterally with the TEP representatives at the TEP booth. Interested participants could also pick up more information on F-TEP and other TEPs from new project flyers and promotion videos.

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Forestry at your fingertips

As a forest administrator can you get up-to-date information on the forest resources that you are managing? Probably not, since even in countries with high investments in the forestry sector, the information on cuttings, damage and even on forest biomass or growing stock volume is often uncertain or out-of-date. Unreliable or noisy information increases the difficulty of practicing sustainable forestry as the decisions that need to be made are not based on hard facts.
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