Nov 08, 2013

Results of the FP 7 European Forest Downstream Services (EUFODOS) Project – Improved Information on Forest Structure and Damages

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For the effective identification of various forest damages and for an operational derivation of forest parameters Copernicus1 Down Stream Services were developed in EUFODOS during the time frame from 2011-2013.

EUFODOS focuses on the development of services for surveying forest damage and investigating forest parameters which can be used for economic assessments or as a basis for targeted management of protective forests. These services comprise, for instance, a rush service on assessing storm damage, a more targeted non-rush service damage assessment on various damages like storm, forest fire, snow brake, insect damage detection and assessment and a change detection approach assessment. The latter can be applied on any area with any remote sensing data and was demonstrated over a region of almost 8,000km² using SPOT data with 10m spatial resolution.

The EUFODOS consortium applied the Copernicus High Resolution Forest Core Layer, state-of-the-art optical and radar satellites and LiDAR technology. The advantages using these technologies proved to be applicable manifold, firstly they facilitate the procurement of data in very short time intervals and secondly the processing is realized in a cost efficient way. For instance, an assessment of storm damage can be delivered to users in the form of geo-referenced damage maps based on satellite data quickly and with low investment as compared to using conventional assessment methods.

As an outcome of EUFODOS it is envisaged to establish a Pan-European Forest Monitoring Service as a regular mapping service in order to provide information on forest damage such as storms and spread of insect infestations for European states in an uniform approach. Such a service may be considered as a complementary action to the initiative for investigating the framework for a European Forest Risk Facility.

Additional information about the EUFODOS project is available at www.eufodos.info
Contact: stefanie.linser@umweltbundesamt.at; eufodos@joanneum.at