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Innovators II - Insect Combat

Insect Outbreak Mapping


Major causes of forest damages are insects, often in combination with or intensified by abiotic stresses such as drought or storm. Recent disastrous insect calamities in forests indicate that due to climate change effects like drought, storm and warm winters insect infestation are an increasing problem in areas which have only been marginal affected in the past. In order to keep ecological and economical damages as low as possible rapid monitoring and mapping of insect damages is needed in order to apply suitable abatement measures. Embanking damaged areas is crucial to preserve important forest functions adjacent to affected areas.

Project References
 Name Innovators II - Insect Combat
 Title Insect Outbreak Mapping
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Innovators
 Cost €100k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (01/03/2009-30/08/2010)
 Sensors ALOS : PALSAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Landsat 7 : ETM
Project Description

The objective of this study is to formulate and to develop a method for an implementation of long-term, low-cost, and high-quality monitoring program for a rapid assessment of forest insect damages and to identify trends in forest health, caused by insect calamities. An aim is the development of an operational tool for monitoring damages in the forest and predicting potential areas at risk as basis for management activities.

 Results Evolution and Evaluation Report
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor Steinbeis-Transferzentrum FeLis : Steinbeis-Transferzentrum FeLis
 Subcontractors FGI : Finnish Geodetic Institute
UH : University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Ecology/Department of Forest Resource Management
User Partnership
 Users FVA : Forest Research Institute Baden-Wurttemberg
LWF : Landesanstalt fur Wald und Forstwirtschaft Bayern
Tornator : Tornator
Contact Points
 Project Manager Prof. Dr. Barbara Koch
 Technical Officer Dr. Bojan Bojkov
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