Tag: Forestry


EASOS: Earth and Sea Observation System (IPP Case Study)

Each year, the combined impact of marine oil pollution, deforestation, and flooding on the Malaysian economy amounts to several billions of dollars. The Malaysian government and UKSA identified these as three development challenges that might be addressed through innovative satellite-based solutions. These solutions were developed through the Earth and Sea Observation System (EASOS) project, funded […]

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) – Forest Management (Video)

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is a European Space Agency (ESA) initiative which aims to support International Finance Institutions and their Client States to harness the benefits of EO in their development operations at national and international level. This initiative is dedicated to Forest Management and complements a set of seven other thematic areas […]

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) – Forest Management

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is a European Space Agency (ESA) initiative which aims to support International Finance Institutions and their Client States to harness the benefits of EO in their development operations at national and international level. The final thematic cluster of this initiative is dedicated to Forest Management and complements a set […]

Extension of deforestation prevention using land use monitoring and valuation in Cote d’Ivoire (IPP Case Study)

Cote d’Ivoire has one of the highest levels of deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa. Its forest cover decreased from 16 million ha in 1900, to 7.8 million ha in 1990, 5.1 million ha in 2000, and 3.4 million ha in 2015 (SEP- REDD, 2016). According to these estimates, more than 80% of the forest disappeared during […]

Peatland Assessment in South East Asia by Satellite (PASSES) (IPP Case Study)

The Peatland Assessment in South East Asia by Satellite (PASSES) project was supported by the UKSA International Partnership Programme in Indonesia and Malaysia from 2018 to September 2020. This case study explores the value of peatlands, the challenges associated with assessing their condition and the development of an innovative, space-enabled approach, applicable to the monitoring […]

Development from Space: A Summary of the IPP Midline Evaluation

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five year, £30 million per year programme run by the UK Space Agency (UKSA). IPP uses the UK Space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver a sustainable economic, societal or environmental benefit to developing economies. IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy […]

Space for Policy in Developing Countries

This research is published by Caribou Space and London Economics on behalf of UK Space Agency International Partnership Progrmame. It aims to evidence the use of satellite-derived technologies as a tool to support government policy across five areas in developing countries: agriculture, climate change and the environment, disaster resilience, forestry, and urban and transport. The […]

Ecometrica Forests 2020 (IPP Case Study)

Forests 2020 is a major investment by the UK Space Agency, as part of the International Partnerships Programme (IPP), to help protect and restore up to 300 million hectares of tropical forests by improving forest monitoring in six partner countries through advanced uses of satellite data. Forests 2020 approach has resulted in some outstanding examples […]



World Environment Day – Time for Nature

June 5th is World Environment Day. It is most renowned day for environmental action. This year, the theme is biodiversity. Biodiversity is foundational, it supports all life on land and below water. It affects human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, disease resistance, and climate change mitigation. However, human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on […]

Earth and Sea Observation System (EASOS)

At the outset of the EASOS project, the Satellite Applications Catapult, with a consortium of companies from both the UK and Malaysia, set out to provide an informed and coordinated decision-making capability to the Malaysian Government.  The information that EASOS would provide covered three focus areas: the reduction of degradation to the mangrove coastline by […]

UK Space Agency IPP – Vivid Economics in Côte d’Ivoire

At the current rate of deforestation, Côte d’Ivoire could lose its entire forest cover by 2034. Despite forests becoming rare, deforestation rates remain high, and the remaining 3-4 million hectares of forest are mainly threatened by the allocation of more land to agriculture. The country is the world’s largest supplier of cocoa, with most production […]


Project & Product Information

SENCE (Environment Systems)

http://www.envsys.co.uk Overview Natural capital is those elements of the natural environment which provide valuable goods and services to people. SENCE provides maps of natural capital stocks to show how well areas of land are able to support ecosystem services such as: food provision, flood protection, pollination, carbon storage, diversity of plants and animals. Decision- makers […]

Pixalytics Portal (Pixalytics)

http://www.pixalytics.com Overview Pixalytics Portal provides automated Earth observation products to potential customers without the need for specialist knowledge of EO. Currently, it includes floodwater mapping, water extent/saturated ground mapping, ocean colour water quality and turbidity mapping. The user chooses their product and select the geographical area on a map they prefer. Then, once they have […]

Deforestation prevention using land use monitoring and valuation (IMAGES) (Vivid Economics) (IPP funded)

Overview By estimating the value of alternative land uses, predicting forest loss and detecting it in near-   real time, IMAGES helps land managers and policymakers understand and prioritise trade-offs in unprecedented spatial, temporal and economic detail. http://www.vivideconomics.com Solution benefits Analyses land use change scenarios to understand implications of agricultural and forestry policy interventions compared to […]

Land Cover Mapping (Remote Sensing Applications Consultants) (IPP funded)

http://rsacl.co.uk Overview Remote Sensing Applications Consultants (RSAC) offers bespoke land cover and land use mapping services based on Sentinel and commercial high- resolution satellite Earth observation (EO) data. Present day and historical output maps are suitable for development planning, including site suitability analysis relating to REDD+ afforestation projects, and input to natural capital valuation systems. […]

Ground Motion Maps for Environmental Monitoring (Terra Motion Limited)

www.terramotion.co.uk Overview Terra Motion Ltd. uses satellite radar data to provide comprehensive land surface motion monitoring that can be used to assess the health of tropical peatland and also provide geospatial intelligence on issues related to long term environmental land motion including mining, geoenergy, urbanisation and groundwater management. Using our novel ISBAS InSAR technique, anywhere […]

Peatland Monitoring (CGI) (IPP funded as PASSES project)

http://www.cgi-group.co.uk Overview Peatland Assessment in SE Asia by Satellite (PASSES) provides wide area observations of peat surface motion via the innovative PeatMotion product that can inform enhanced peatland restoration planning and assessment to assist with sustainable use of peatlands. Solution benefits PeatMotion offers cost effective and routine monitoring of surface motion over very wide and […]

Carbon Data Model Framework (CARDAMOM) (University of Edinburgh)

http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/mwilliam/CARDAMOM.html Overview CARDAMOM provides robust analysis of forest carbon stocks and their dynamics. By combining a range of Earth observation (EO) data with a model that provides a forecast capability for forest fire risk, climate sensitivity, and carbon sequestration capacity. Solution benefits Provides a full assessment of the forest carbon and water balance, stocks and […]

Forests 2020 & ForestWatch Optical Change Detection (University of Leicester) (IPP funded as Forests 2020 project)

https://le.ac.uk Overview Forests 2020 and ForestWatch-Optical (two separate products) deliver land cover and forest cover change information gathered from satellite Earth observation (EO) optical and radar data to end users at least every five days to monitor large land areas across the globe using custom-made solutions. Solution benefits High frequency and large area mapping of […]