Advancing Earth Observation Applications for Forests

Satellite Earth Observation (EO) offers an unrivalled approach to monitoring forests, especially for conservation, changes in land use, res and forest health. However, its application globally has been fragmented, with limited scale and inconsistencies in approach, making it difficult to share results. In addition, datasets can be very large, making them expensive to access and download for analysis in a geographical information system (GIS).

With funding from UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP) Ecometrica has developed a cloud-based content management system that enables stakeholders to easily access and interrogate packages of information from regional hubs called Earth Observation (EO) Labs. This has already led to an award of $1 million to a conservation project in Mexico which is using a local EO Lab.