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“Interconnecting Forests, Science and People” - DIGITAL in Brazil

JOANNEUM RESEARCH DIGITAL presented together with Umweltdata modern remote sensing technologies for the digitization of forestry at the 25th World Congress IUFRO in Curitiba and at the 16th SilviLaser Conference in Iguazu Falls.

f.l.t.r.: Günther Bronner (Umweltdata), Dr Mathias Schardt, Dr Manuela Hirschmugl (both JOANNEUM RESEARCH). Credit: JOANNEUM RESEARCH)

In the accompanying IUFRO exhibition, more than 2,200 participants were able to get to know innovations from and for the forestry sector. At their booth, JOANNEUM RESEARCH DIGITAL presented together with Umweltdata the module ADAM for worldwide airborne data acquisition with special focus on forestry applications. Further, the possibilities of latest time series data from the EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation program were presented. Dr Mathias Schardt and DrManuela Hirschmugl, Experts of Institute DIGITAL, delivered two oral scientific presentations in respective sessions.

The focus of the presentation at the SilviLaser booth was on Smart Forest Inventory. With the usage of light aircraft and drones in addition to satellite images and wall-to-wall data from airborne sensors as well as the additional terrestrial laser scanning, individual trees and their parameters can be assessed. The results, despite extremely reduced time and cost, exceed those of conventional methods in terms of accuracy. In addition, Dr Manuela Hirschmugl presented a digital poster for the assessment of the vertical forest stand structure in the dedicated poster session.