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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 forestry-tep@esa.int, 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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Forestry TEP Trainings

We will be pleased to hold a number of introductory Forestry TEP training sessions this month. To accommodate for people in various time zones, three online sessions are planned. Please sign up by sending an email to forestry-tep@esa.int, 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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Forestry TEP Evolution Survey

As part of the development plan for Forestry TEP, we are currently collecting user feedback with regard to how F-TEP should expand its offering of services and data sources. To contribute, please click this link (external site). Thank you.

We would also welcome any comments you might have about the platform, which can be made via the survey or through the Contact Us page.

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Satellites map carbon sequestered by forests, with accuracy of up to ten metres

Led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the EU North State project has developed a new method of using satellite images to evaluate the forest carbon balance. The carbon balance indicates how much carbon is sequestered or released by forests each year. This enables the carbon balance to be displayed on digital maps, with an accuracy of up to ten metres.

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Building a forestry processing platform ready for the Copernicus age

The first iteration of the Forestry Thematic Exploitation Platform (F-TEP) will be released to champion users in the coming months. F-TEP is being created to provide an online data processing and dissemination resource for the forestry community that is ready to utilize the volume shift in data in the Copernicus age.

With the very large volumes of data now being provided from the multiple Sentinel missions and other satellites, the limitations for effective science and value adding business are becoming less about lack of data, but more about using effective tools and resources to find, process and analyse such data. Such large data volumes mean that longer time to download, larger storage devices, advanced processors and high powered computing are all needed.

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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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