Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
It’s now a couple of months since Cyclone Gabrielle and reports are being released on its impact and future recommendations. The forest industry is playing an integral part in these reviews and will be proactive in improving land-use practices on erosion-prone hills.
Lessons from Gabrielle will be a key topic at the upcoming Environmental Forestry 2023 event. Registrations are now open and early-bird specials are available. The event, which runs in Rotorua on 20-21 June 2023, covers best practices and case studies.
In this edition of ForestTECH News, we’ll be covering:
- Former Virgin Galactic CEO’s recent TED talk highlights the importance of a holistic approach to forest firefighting.
- One New Zealand (formerly Vodafone NZ) and SpaceX’s recently announced collaboration could bring expanded mobile coverage and new opportunities for the forestry industry in New Zealand.
- A groundbreaking genomic tool for radiata pine developed by New Zealand scientists.
- NASA made a last-minute decision to extend the GEDI mission after a push from scientists studying the world’s forests.
- A Finnish AI startup has recently launched Linda Planet, a forest inventory mapping tool that uses satellite data and machine learning algorithms to provide accurate and efficient predictions for forest inventory.
- FWPA has released an in-depth webinar on the development and use of the ProFert for Pine tool, which was designed to predict the success of various fertiliser options on softwood plantations.
- Germany-based wildfire solution company, OroraTech, has released a new product that aims to cut fire detection from one and a half hours to 3 minutes.
- Advances in drone-based lidar technology are disrupting traditional post-processing techniques, making it easier and more cost-effective for forest managers to access and analyse raw lidar data.
- An update on Scion’s Digital Forest Project team and using Forestry AI to understand the damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.
So, sit back, grab a drink, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in the world of remote sensing, forest data capture and tree crop management.
Stories this issue:
- TED Vancouver: Fighting wildfires from space
- One New Zealand takes off, announces collaboration with SpaceX
- Genomic tool – a game changer for Radiata pine
- Return of the GEDI
- CollectiveCrunch launches Linda Planet
- Optimising profitability with fertiliser prediction systems
- On-orbit fire detection technology launched
- Post-processing Lidar data no longer the norm
- Forestry AI helps track cyclone damage, with almost ‘whole country mapped out’
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