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Review of the new opportunities for operational forestry derived from the new satellites

By:  Juan Suárez (FR), Jacqueline Rosette and Iain Bye (University of Swansea)

The University of Swansea and Forest Research have been working over a year in the analysis of satellite imagery from different sources.  The results of this work are a suite of tools and spatially related data products that can be used to address some of the most important challenges faced by operational forestry.  The research team will like to explain how satellite images and derived cartographic products can be a cost-effective solution in practical areas like the continuous updating of the sub-compartment database, monitoring of wind damage, detection of diseases or clearfellings. 

The practical aims of this workshop are:

  • To inform about the availability of freely available data ready for analysis (RAD), mostly focused on the Copernicus (Sentinel system) and Landsat programmes,
  • To demonstrate the data products being derived from satellite imagery to monitor changes in the forest canopy,
  • To discuss with the audience the best delivery mechanisms,
  • To get feedback from stakeholders about future research directions.

The workshop will provide a practical demonstration of:

  • Landsat time-series imagery going back to 1984,
  • the use of different indices to automatically classify areas of wind damage, clearfellings and outbreak of diseases,
  • how to display and interpret the data in the context of the FE Sub-Compartment Database
  • a review of new opportunities brought by the Sentinel-2 programme.


OS Grid ref: NT 24897 63985
Postcode: EH25 9SY

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