Welcome to this month’s issue of ForestTECH News.
One month to go before this year’s annual ForestTECH event runs. We start in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November and then run the second leg of the tech series in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 November. As anticipated, registrations are really flowing in. Pre-conference workshops are getting close to full with two of the three workshops in Melbourne already booked out. Full details and late registrations can still be made on the event website, www.foresttech.events.
This month we’ve got a bumper issue for you. We cover a number of recent articles and announcements on developments around daily satellite imagery which is now providing near real-time monitoring for forest management, planning and operations. In one story we outline Indufor’s Continuous Plantation Monitoring System that’s just been developed and rolled out enabling local forestry companies to access both free and commercial satellites (such as Planet).
Rezatec have just released information on a free guide to identify and map tree species distribution through satellite data and a new service is being supplied by a South African company, Swift Geospatial, who are delivering geospatial solutions using both Satellite and UAV data. The company is currently monitoring over 1 million ha of planted and natural forestry throughout Africa and will be presenting at the Australian ForestTECH event next month.
Other stories in this month’s issue include a short story and video clip from the Interpine Group showing how UAV’s have been used out in the forest over this last planting season to improve planting productivity and an Australian company, Hazelwood Forestry, who have been using thermal imaging with UAV’s to assist in managing the local koala population in both eucalypt and pine forests in Victoria.
That’s it for this month. Enjoy this month’s read and we look forward to catching up with many of you this time next month.
Stories this issue:
- Forestry Applications for RIEGL’s Waveform-LIDAR technology
- Near real time forestry monitoring innovation
- Continuous forest monitoring using daily satellite imagery
- Tree species mapping from space
- Automatic object detection in point clouds
- Using satellite photogrammetry for forest inventory
- Future directions for Forestry Corporation NSW MapApp
- Drone thermal imaging being used before harvesting
- Drone tree seedling deliveries a reality
- Monitoring forest health from afar
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