Forest areas represent one of Europe’s most important renewable resources. Digital technologies including satellites, drones, LiDAR, and aerial photography can map forest resources in a detailed way. Accurate data can help detect pests and diseases or other health issues due to storms or drought, and locate underutilised biomass to support forest fire prevention. Forest owners, firefighters, public authorities and others can use these detailed inventories to make informed decisions for more sustainable forest management and a more efficient use of forest resources.
Operational Group ‘Forest LidaRioja’ uses remote sensing technologies to map forests in the Spanish La Rioja region. The project uses satellite data and LiDAR scans to create a highly detailed 3D model of the 130 million trees in the area, but also of shrubs and undergrowth. “This supports forest owners and regional authorities in developing sustainable forest management plans”, says technical project coordinator José Luis Tomé from lead partner Agresta.