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Forest Carbon Flux and Storage Mapping Service

Forest Carbon Flux and Storage Mapping Service

Objective

Forest Flux will revolutionize forestry value added services in Earth Observation (EO) by creating and piloting a cloud-based service for committed users on forest carbon assimilation and structural variable prediction using Copernicus data. The revolution is driven by sustainable forest management and anticipated by EU forest strategy, the Bioeconomy Action Pan, and the demands of environmentally aware end-users of wood industry products. Until recently, detailed information on forest carbon cycle has not been available due to a lack of scientific understanding, spatial data availability, limited processing capacity, and the complexity of implementing this information in business processes. Forest Flux will use the explosive increase in high-resolution EO data by Copernicus program and developments of cloud computing technology. It will implement world-first service platform for high-resolution maps of traditional forestry variables together with forest carbon fluxes using a holistic approach in a single processing chain. By the end of the project, forestry and carbon data will be completely integrated into the decision-making processes of selected core users and establish the leadership of European industry in sustainable utilization of forest resources. The relevant algorithms have been recently demonstrated by consortium partners. The computing infrastructure is specifically targeted for EO data and forestry users, and will be fully functional by the end of the project. The web-based human and machine interfaces will allow market access unrestricted by country boundaries and facilitate easy commercial interactions of players of different sizes and backgrounds. Dedicated user involvement, strong commercial interests, rapidly developing online markets, and demonstrated excellence of the consortium make the Forest Flux service platform sustainable beyond the end of the project.
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Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 818 821,25

Participants (5)

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UNIQUE FORESTRY AND LAND USE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 318 325

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 152 568,75

SIMOSOL OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 248 500

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 169 250

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE IN SILVICULTURA MARIN DRACEA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 99 925

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821860

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2018

  • End date

    30 November 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 093 140

  • EU contribution

    € 1 807 390

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland