Forests cover one third of the Earth's land surface, employs 13 million people, has a production value of a quarter of a trillion dollar and is responsible for capturing 20% of the global carbon emissions each year.
Climate changes are threatening the global forest population, and around 7% of the world's forests are affected by disturbances and diseases.
Detecting disturbances early is a crucial, but difficult and costly process, and failing to do so will severely reduce forest owners values.
Sustainable forest management rely on accurate and timely data to secure its ecologic and economic future. Critical challenges, some of which might potentially be exacerbated by future climate changes, include damage by biotic (e.g. insects, fungi) and abiotic agents (e.g. storms, wildfires), and changes to land use, land cover dynamics and the socio-economic structure of forested regions.
Silvisense is a subscription service, developed in collaboration with forest owners and leading scientific communities, offering timely detection and cost-efficient monitoring of disturbance outbreaks.It combines high resolution satellite imagery with state-of-the-art algorithms to perform scalable and fully automated data analyses.
The Silvisense service provides its users with detection of trees and stands damaged by biotic agents and supporting the validation of clearing activities. The products are generated based on a consolidated set of satellite data from several multispectral and Synthetic Aperture Radar missions.
These combinations service needs for higher spatial resolution, higher temporal resolution, filling data gaps and increases the robustness of the service output.
Our customers can select from a range of mapping products covering:
- Disease outbreak
- Clear-cut validation
- Land classification
- Forest disturbances (such as forest fires, storm damage, drought)
By incorporating the Silvisense service in their production chain, our customers (in Norway and Portugal) are able to improve the planning, containment and removal of disturbances at a lower cost, and furthermore reduce their losses in forest values.
With improved forest management, society gains an increased capacity for capturing global carbon emissions through the securing of a larger volume of standing viable forest. Ecological damages are reduced with access to more timely disturbance detections, and this results in improved water and air quality, wildlife habitats and genetic diversity.
Our industrial partners occupied with timber and wood production are happy to have available tools for mitigating the effects of forest disturbances and thereby keeping an improved overall forest resource quality, leading to higher priced values for re-sales and further production.
Silvisense tailors to the needs of private and public forest owners, timber and wood production industry, biotechnology companies and society in general through providing tools for gaining greater insight into forest health, disturbances and their economic and ecological consequences.
For more information, you can refer to Silvisense website here: http://silvisense.com/