Developing Earth Observation products for monitoring tropical humid and dry forests
The EOMonDis Project (Bringing Earth Observation Services for Monitoring Dynamic Forest Disturbances to the Users) aims to offer operational Earth Observation (EO) based tropical forest monitoring services to support countries and a wide range of users with accurate relevant forest information data for their management and reporting requirements. The overall goals of EOMonDis are achieved by the following main tasks:
Ongoing in-depth market and user requirement assessment for specific forest products in relation to forest area, deforestation and degradation and above-ground biomass in humid and dry tropical biomes.
Development and Innovation
Development of new robust methods for satellite data processing and prototyping a commercial service platform that offers a comprehensive range of map products for forest monitoring in the humid and dry tropical sub-biomes.
Demonstration and Validation
Partners will test and integrate the technical components of the innovation results into operational processing chains, perform accuracy assessments and demonstrate the improved product generation in the larger demonstration sites.
Based on the innovation activities and the user validated results the EOMonDis project will be ready to provide user-tailored forest monitoring products.
The products for forest monitoring in humid and dry tropical forests developed under the EOMonDis project are based on the current state-of-the-art of satellite remote sensing and the initial assessment of user requirements.
Biomass & Biomass Change Maps
Within EOMonDis, methods and processing chains for pixel based estimates of above-ground woody biomass will be further developed. At the current stage mapping of above ground biomass (AGB) with satellite SAR data is in a pre-operational stage and limited to low carbon forests. The envisaged developments related to AGB can be either seen as stand-alone products required by the users or as indicator for the generation of forest disturbance products. More details will be provided as soon as first results are available.
Forest Disturbance & Degradation Maps
Forest/Non-Forest Maps & Change Maps
Accurate mapping of forest/non-forest is a key requirement for reporting in the frame of REDD+ as well as ZD. The integration of new satellite data into inter seasonal dense time series will help to overcome cost intensive cloud gap filling procedures occurring in humid and dry tropical landscapes. Additionally, the project addresses the difficulty of mapping dry tropical forest environments where there is a gradual transition between forest and grassland or cropland and aims at better identifying this boundary. Please click below for more details. Read more…
The EOMonDis project is embedded in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union. Products and services developed during the course of EOMonDis can support countries to fulfil their reporting requirements in the framework of REDD+ and assist to implement and monitor Zero Deforestation commitments.
At the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Montreal 2005, a group of tropical countries initiated a process to address the issue of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD)
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Project flyer, brochures, poster presentations, public project reports and a list of scientific and other publications are provided under downloads.
The EOMonDis Project Consortium lead by GAF AG (Germany) consists of two research organisations and three operational service providers from private sector, each with several years of experience in the field of tropical forest monitoring.
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