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Combined Positioning-Reflectometry Galileo Code Receiver for Forest Management

Objective

Biomass mapping has gained increased interest for bioenergy, climate research and mitigation activities, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (e.g. REDD initiative).

However, continuous deforestation activity and forest management requires frequent and accurate monitoring which can be expensive and difficult to attain. In Brazil, optical satellite data is typically used by government but even such does not allow accurate enough mapping due cloud coverage, requiring combination of other sources such as in-situ and air-borne measurements. Furthermore, satellite radar signals can penetrate clouds but still today the spatial resolution is not sufficient.

In COREGAL, a low cost unmanned fixed-plane Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and service for biomass mapping will allow wide scale mapping in the Brazilian context of forest management. A first of a kind combined Position-Reflectometry Galileo receiver will be developed as main sensor for platform positioning and biomass estimation, the latter using reflected GNSS signals (also called GNSS-R) on tree canopies. High positioning accuracy (centimetre level) is required for surface point reflection determination, which is challenging for remote areas where no GNSS infrastructure is available as in the case of many forests in Brazil. However, Galileo AltBOC E5 signals offer unprecedented pseudorange measurement quality which can be used for novel high accuracy positioning.

The UAV will be equipped and tested with a COREGAL receiver and optical cameras for aerial mapping and biomass estimation, enabling wide scale low cost mapping: UAV mapping is at least one order of magnitude lower cost than manned air-borne missions while GNSS-R can be seen as bi-static radar replacing expensive, heavy and power consuming radars.

The consortium includes universities and companies for successful services and technology exploitation.

Call for proposal

H2020-Galileo-2014-1
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Coordinator

DEIMOS ENGENHARIA SA
Address
Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro75 9A1
1070-061 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 255 237,50

Participants (10)

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 140 656,25
Address
Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEONUMERICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 129 062,50
Address
Av Carl Friedrich Gauss 11
08860 Castelldefels Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 151 618,75
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 375
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
GAMMA REMOTE SENSING RESEARCH AND CONSULTING AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Worbstrasse 225
3073 Gumligen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 85 317,50
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENGEMAP ENGENHARIA, MAPEAMENTO E AEROLEVANTAMENTO LTDA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rua Alexandre Dumas 1601 Conj 67 Andar 6
04717 004 Sao Paulo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA JULIO DE MESQUITA FILHO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Quirino De Andrade 215
0149010 Sao Paulo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EDITORA MUNDO GEO LTDA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rua Nelson Lins D Albuquerque 110
80520-430 Curitiba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)