Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
We are major proponents of digital technologies and the opportunities that they enable. FWPA’s new project is one such project where a centralised database for private forestry information in Australia is being set up. It will include data on historic and current trials and highlight the valuable lessons leant for forest management. The data collected will help guide landowners about the financial and timber production potential for new and existing tree plantings.
In a sign of the growing importance of satellite data in land and resource management, we’ve included a number of stories this month on space. The big story is NASA’s GEDI release of the first near-global estimate of above-ground forest biomass and carbon storage. The high-resolution lidar data capture has given remote sensing scientists an unparalleled opportunity to assess forest carbon. This leads directly into the story detailing the campaign to extend the life of the GEDI programme past 2023. Another weather satellite, the GOES 18, has launched and will work together with an earlier 2016 satellite, the GOES 16, to actively monitor the weather from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand.
While this really isn’t a ForestTECH story, we couldn’t leave out New Zealand’s Rocket Lab catching a falling rocket booster – with a helicopter!
Check out these stories, videos and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- A single source of information for private forestry
- NASA releases new forest biomass-carbon product
- GOES 18 weather satellite launched
- Rocket Lab catches falling rocket booster
- Scientists fight to keep Lidar on Space Station
- The Best Consumer Drones for 2022
- The Many Different Faces of Lidar-based Survey Methods
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