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World’s first solution for bushfire fuel load mapping

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Editors Note: Aerometrex is also a sponsor of ForestTECH 2020 and will present this exciting new innovation in detail at the conference. Aerometrex has just announced that it’s developed a new technology that can determine, in three dimensions, the exact fuel load densities in any bushfire-prone region in Australia. The product is an advance of the company’s existing LIDAR (Light …

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Autonomous drones from half a world away

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Emesent is an innovative Australian data analytics and drone autonomy start-up. The company presented at last year’s ForestTECH 2019 event and will again be presenting at this years ForestTECH 2020 event scheduled to run on 18-19 November. Soon after last year’s ForestTECH event in Rotorua, Scion undertook trials using the Hovermap sensor unit which integrates with a drone flight control …

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Lim Geomatics makes list of fastest-growing companies

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Lim Geomatics has been included among the winners of the 32nd annual Growth List. The definitive ranking of Canada’s fastest-growing companies was announced on 15 October and is compiled by Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazine. Winners are chosen based on their revenue growth over the last five years. Lim Geomatics ranked 335th out of the 500 most innovative companies in …

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Satellites could soon map every tree on Earth

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An analysis of satellite images has pinpointed individual tree canopies over a large area of West Africa. The data suggest that it will soon be possible, with certain limitations, to map the location and size of every tree worldwide. Terrestrial ecosystems are defined in large part by their woody plants. Grasslands, shrublands, savannahs, woodlands and forests represent a series of …

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Webinar Series: Monitor your forests with high frequency, global imagery

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Planet has released a two-part how-to webinar series to demonstrate two key use cases that Planet data is used for in forest management. The first part covers how to efficiently digitize boundaries of harvested timber areas and the second video covers monitoring the impact of disasters using near-daily imagery. Webinar Part One: Timber Harvesting Leveraging Planet’s Surface Reflectance Basemaps and …

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Tree planting App launches crowdfunding campaign

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A Kickstarter campaign to empower everyday people to become a part of the global effort against climate change was launched in New Zealand this week. TreeTime, a new tree planting non-profit enterprise, is developing an innovative app which will utilise new drone software to enable donors to track their tree’s journey from seed to maturity. The app gives the assurance …

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A turning point in tropical forest monitoring

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Brazil is a nation of superlatives. It is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and home to the largest rainforest, the largest freshwater preserve, and a quarter of the world’s species. It also one of the world’s largest grain producers and a major producer of coffee, sugar, and beef. Brazil’s tropical forests are critically important for biodiversity, …

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Nine SuperDoves for next Rocket Lab launch

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Editors Update: Rocket Lab successfully launched on 28 October 2020 (see a video of the launch below). Planet’s next scheduled launch of Flock 4e’, a total of 9 SuperDoves on Rocket Lab’s Electron, is currently planned for the first half of October and will lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Emerging …

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Automatic modelling of tree species

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A group of international scientists from New Zealand and Singapore is collaborating on a three-year project, funded by MBIE, to use data science and remote sensing to automatically model and analyse tree species and their interactions with environment. Singapore, the ‘City in a Garden’, embodies the ‘green city’ concept with over 7 million urban trees covering 700 km2. New Zealand, …