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Innovators II - TIMBER

Timber Volume Estimation service in Forestry Plantations by forest modelling using Earth Observation Data.

Innovators II - TIMBER
Timber Volume Estimation service in Forestry Plantations by forest modelling using Earth Observation Data.
DUE (Data User Element)
Land
€100k
Service Demonstration
Completed
ALOS : AVNIR-2
ALOS : PALSAR

The project aimed to operationalise a Timber Volume Estimation service in Forestry Plantations by forest modelling using Earth Observation Data. The objective was to reduce current ground survey costs and improve plantation wide measurement of timber volume.

There are several specific requirements for forestry companies, who manage timber to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards to measure, on a regular basis, basic biophysical forest parameters - such as timber volume, tree height, tree density, etc. It is also of great importance from an operational standpoint, especially in these times where forestry companies rely on external shareholders and debt finance provided by banks and private equity. Both stakeholders have a strong interest in more timely and accurate forest measurement, timber volume in particular, as confirmation of shareholder value and the ability to service debt.

This project was designed to provide a more transparent, comprehensive and cost effective service, timber volume estimation, by integrating into recognized forestry modelling techniques, specific EO based products retrieved, in primis, from spaceborne interferometric SAR L-band data with the goal to support forestry companies in meeting the FSC key requirements.

TIMBER Final Report
SARMAP
York Timber
Charles Crosthwaite Eyre
Eyre Consulting Limited,
The Old Malthouse,
Upper Clatford, Andover,
SP11 7QL
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1264 356 900;
Email: charles.eyre@eyreconsulting.co.uk
Frank Martin Seifert
European Space Agency
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel.: +39 06-941.80560
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: frank.martin.seifert@esa.int