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Enabling Intelligent GMES Services for Carbon and Water Balance Modeling of Northern Forest Ecosystems

Objective

Boreal forest is the largest terrestrial biome and will be strongly affected by climate warming, which is predicted to be strongest at high latitudes, with significant impacts on the European economy. North State will demonstrate how innovative methods applied to the new Sentinel data streams can be combined with models to monitor carbon and water fluxes for pan-boreal Europe, with intensive study sites in Finland, Iceland and Russia. This will reduce the high uncertainty in current estimates of flux rates.

Key model parameters will be derived from Sentinel and other EO data, in situ and ancillary data, including relevant FP7 and ESA CCI projects. Parameter types include forest characteristics such as area and species, model drivers such as incoming radiation, and indicators of the dynamic state of the forest, such as fAPAR and tree height. Many of these parameters will also be applicable for other purposes, such as operational forest management.

The project brings together leading experts and organisations, including an SME experienced in developing value adding services, needed to address key research challenges that require innovative remote sensing methods: adaptation of the carbon and water cycle models for effective use of EO data; effective pre-processing and data management techniques to exploit high temporal frequency time series; assessing the potential of hyper-spectral data; developing powerful data fusion techniques; and developing an intelligent, automated framework to learn from and interpret multi-source data to address a key societal problem.

It responds to the Lund declaration and the recommendations of the Space Advisory Group. It will strengthen European leadership in the provision of EO-based services and will be a paradigm for exploiting opportunities offered by the new generation of EO satellites in developing products for future GMES services.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 757 866
Administrative Contact
Tuomas Häme (Mr)

Participants (6)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 157 860
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kaisu Taskila (Ms)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 400
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Mrs)
NORUT NORTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 391 738
Address
Forksningsparken I Tromso
9294 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Camilla Hegrand (Mrs)
SIMOSOL OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 109 200
Address
Hameenkatu 10
11100 Riihimaki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jussi Rasinmäki (Dr)
INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF KOMI SCIENTIFIC CENTRE OF THE URAL BRANCH OF THE RUSSAIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 44 910
Address
Kommunisticheskaya Str 28
167982 Syktyvkar
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Elsakov (Dr)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 254 048
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jón Atli Benediktsson (Prof)