ForeStMap

Welcome to ForeStMap's website, a project funded under the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme. This page will show you the latest developments of the project.

Introduction

3D Forest Structure Monitoring and Mapping – ForeStMap- is a project funded under the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme.

ForeStMap started on January 1st 2015 and will span until December 31st 2017. The project has two phases:
1- Outgoing phase lasting 24 months and carried out at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
2- Reintegration phase lasting 12 months, which will be carried out at the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester.

Aim of the project

ForeStMap aims at developing an innovative methodology to derive 3-D information on forest structure at different scales, local to regional, based on a multi-source RS data (multispectral, LiDAR and SAR). A two phase approach will be applied. First local estimates from airborne data will be provided and will be subsequently used as reference data to up-scale estimates to a regional scale based on satellite data. An innovative aspect of ForeStMap will be the joint use of empirical non-parametric methods and radiative transfer modelling (RTM). Real and data simulated under different scenarios will be used to develop algorithms to derive forest structure. Uncertainty of the estimates will be provided by considering error propagation. To validate the methods, different study sites have been selected in forest with very different characteristics (Tropical, Temperate, Boreal and Mediterranean). ForeStMap will be very useful for future European satellite missions, including Sentinel-I & II and Biomass, reinforcing the position of ERA in carbon accounting, forest monitoring and climate change adaptation.

up-scaling multi-sensor approach of the ForeStMap project

Background

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - European Commission

About the researcher: Mariano Garcia

ForeStMap News

Links to conferences

Remote Sensing Tutorials

Links of interest

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