ForestTECH 2020 | 11-12 Nov 2020, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND | 18-19 Nov 2020, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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NASA forest structure mission releases first data

NASA forest structure mission releases first data

NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation mission (GEDI) released its first publicly available data on January 21, 2020, giving researchers access to measurements of forests around the world. GEDI (pronounced like the Jedi of “Star Wars” fame) surveys Earth’s forests from aboard the International Space Station, using its three lasers to construct detailed 3-dimensional (3D) maps of forest canopy height and ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 32

ForestTECH News Issue 32

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. This is the first issue for 2020. Remember – this is your newsletter so please send us through any links, research findings, trial results, ...
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Advancement in Remote Sensing for Large-scale Forest Health Assessment

Advancement in Remote Sensing for Large-scale Forest Health Assessment

State-of-the-art geospatial data collection and modelling to assess, monitor and forecast the quality, health and value of local forestlands is the focus of a new NASA-funded project led by the ...
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Volocopter and John Deere team up with new drone

Volocopter and John Deere team up with new drone

Autonomous drone-based transportation startup Volocopter has revealed its first partner for its new VoloDrone industrial and commercial electric vertical take-off and landing craft: John Deere . The agricultural and industrial ...
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New Lidar technology unveiled at CES 2020

New Lidar technology unveiled at CES 2020

As you’d expect, DJI had a big presence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). But on top of showing off the company’s hardware line-up and handheld imaging systems, the ...
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Southland student set on satellite success

Southland student set on satellite success

Editors Note: While this press release was first posted in November 2019, it is still worth highlighting the story on ForestTECH.News. Southland’s involvement in the international space sector is set ...
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World’s first autonomous UAV flight under a forest canopy?

World’s first autonomous UAV flight under a forest canopy?

An unmanned aerial vehicle made what is believed to be the world’s first autonomous flight under a forest canopy in Rotorua, New Zealand in late November 2019. Remote sensing scientists ...
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Mapping system for high-resolution tropical forest carbon emissions

Mapping system for high-resolution tropical forest carbon emissions

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing ...
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500 billion trees by 2060 – using drones

500 billion trees by 2060 – using drones

• UK company Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones.• The drones can plant 120 seedpods per minute.• The WWF estimates we’re losing ...
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Lim Geomatics enters exclusive licensing agreement

Lim Geomatics enters exclusive licensing agreement

Lim Geomatics, a software and consulting company that leverages innovative technology to create geospatial products and services in the natural resources sector, and FPInnovations, a non-profit organization that specializes in ...
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Huge autonomous drone completes maiden flight

Huge autonomous drone completes maiden flight

Another delivery drone has just buzzed into view, and this one’s a giant. Built by aerospace manufacturer Bell, the Autonomous Pod Transport 70 — or APT 70 for short — ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 31

ForestTECH News Issue 31

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. This will be the final issue for 2019. This year we have produced 11 monthly issues and grew the newsletter to over 6,500 direct ...
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ForestTECH 2019 - Event Summary

ForestTECH 2019 – Event Summary

Forestry resource managers, remote sensing GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and key technology suppliers from throughout Australasia were involved in ForestTECH 2019. Over 250 delegates were involved this year ...
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Low cost high precision seedling inventories

Low cost high precision seedling inventories

SKYLAB in Hamburg, Germany have just presented at this year’s ForestTECH 2019 series. Two practical workshops yesterday finished the series of conferences, exhibitions and workshops that have been run for ...
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Drones to plant hundreds of trees in minutes

Drones to plant hundreds of trees in minutes

At the recent ForestTECH 2019 series run for New Zealand and Australian foresters, a US company, DroneSeed, outlined their work with forestry companies using swarms of drones for both planting ...
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CSIRO wins award for using space tech to solve UN land degradation challenge

CSIRO wins award for using space tech to solve UN land degradation challenge

CSIRO received the inaugural 2019 GEO Sustainable Development Goals Award for Innovation during GEO Week 2019 in Canberra, a global meeting of more than 1100 delegates from government, business, non-profit ...
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Virtual reality engages tech-hungry learners

Virtual reality engages tech-hungry learners

With the increased need to integrate meaningful and engaging technology and ICT capability tools in schools, teachers are increasingly required to discover and learn new ways to incorporate these tools ...
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New version of the Woodlot Analysis Tool available

New version of the Woodlot Analysis Tool available

The Woodlot Analysis Tool is now available on the Forest Growers Research website. The Woodlot Analysis Tool has a focus on small forest growers in New Zealand, to provide an ...
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DJI drones banned by U.S. Government

DJI drones banned by U.S. Government

The U.S. Department of Interior has announced that it would ground its fleet of DJI drones. The decision, which is the result of congressional pressure, is the latest move in ...
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VR software application for forest inventories

VR software application for forest inventories

Rapid developments in VR (Virtual Reality) technology make it timely to explore the potential of advanced 3D visualisation to support forest inventory. VR offers the potential for field staff to ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 30

ForestTECH News Issue 30

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Those receiving monthly issues of foresttech.news are principally resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology suppliers involved in the ...
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Deep learning algorithm can identify seedlings

Deep learning algorithm can identify seedlings

Scion has pioneered a new artificial intelligence (AI) based system that uses low-cost RGB imagery from UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to identify radiata pine seedlings. The algorithm they have created ...
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