Use of Remote Sensing in Forests Gathers Momentum

Over the last two years FFR has funded research into the use of remote sensing technology for forest operations monitoring. These developments were highlighted to industry members at recent workshops in Christchurch and Rotorua. The availability of low-cost Rapid Eye satellite imagery (<$0.02/ha) means forest managers can now routinely use this technology to support forest operations. Development of data processing applications provide the opportunity to automate forest assessment for a range of applications including:


  1. Detection and mapping of harvested area.

    Note the difference in clarity between an aerial photo ('C') and Rapid Eye coverage of the same area ('D')
  2. Detection of tree crop establishment.

  3. Detection of tree disease.