Spacebel offers a suite of forest services based on the dynamic monitoring of local and regional territories. These services aim to provide cost-effective solutions to private forest owners and public authorities for improved forest management practices. They are based on the use of multitemporal SENTINEL-1 and SENTINEL-2 image analyses in combination with field collected samples. For the more locally targeted services, very-high resolution optical imagery is used. A dedicated mobile application supports standardized field data collection and forest parcel management from the tip of the fingers. The “Major Tree Species Identification” service identifies the main tree species, from basic coniferous/deciduous distinctions to finer differentiations between species. The validation of the results is made through in-situ sampling. The “Tree Counting” service is based on the use of optical Very High Resolution (VHR) imagery and a LiDAR Canopy Height Model (CHM). Based on an object-oriented approach and specific parametrization, individual trees can be detected with a high degree of accuracy. The validation of the results is made through in-situ samplings. Through multi-temporal image analysis, the “Identification and mapping of significant vegetation changes” service can perform the detection of clear-cuts, illegal logging, burnt areas and wind throw damage in forested areas and helps prioritize field inspection.
Through multi-temporal analysis, the “Emergency Forest Damage Assessment” service provides a rapid overview of potential damages in forested areas, as well as an estimation of damages which can be used to support and speed up the compensation process.
The “Forest Vulnerability Mapping” service provides a historical analysis and monitors the trend in the resilience of forest parcels. It can therefore detect slow and sensitive decreases or increases in forest vigor which occur over long time periods and provide vulnerability diagnostics against potential disease or drought.
In support to the above tools, field inspection and parcel management are supported by a “claim management information service” geo-mobile application in order to collect geospatial information from the field to validate and enhance information on clear-cuts detected from satellites and tally it with the administrative information received. The application offers a standardized way of collecting the necessary pieces of information for the compensation assessment.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730150