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Science based remote sensing services to support REDD and sustainable forest management in tropical region

Objective

ReCover project will develop beyond state-of-the-art service capabilities to support fighting deforestation and forest degradation in the tropical region. The pilot service capabilities mean provision of a monitoring system of forest cover and forest cover changes and biomass including a robust accuracy assessment. The capabilities are based on utilizing mainly space-borne earth observation data and in-situ data.
The service development is controlled by specific user requirements that are expressed through Service Level Agreements (SLA) between the ReCover consortium and six users. The services prepare particularly for the implementation of the post-Kyoto climate treaty and the REDD+.
Service roll-out and expansion to the community outside the project and present pilot users is a key activity of ReCover. The outside community includes but is not restricted to TREES-3 project, GSE Forest Monitoring Extension, FRA, and GEO. The scientific viewpoint that reaches beyond the state-of-the-art techniques is the leading baseline of the study.
The main research focus in ReCover is to develop a sound statistical concept and validation procedure in the production, apply very high resolution image data to improve result reliability, estimate biomass and degradation as well as their change, define the role of radar data in REDD related services, and build standardized service system with a capacity building concept.
The consortium consists of nine leading research and industrial partners of which one is an SME. Three partners are from REDD eligible countries. The high impact value of ReCover is achieved by working directly for and with the customers and with local research partners, creating novel, trustworthy and standardized but affordable services and applying them in INSPIRE compatible service environment. The long-term service sustainability is concerned including evaluation of the potential of new missions such as the Sentinels.

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Address

Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 Vtt Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 805 062

Administrative Contact

Tuomas Häme (Prof.)

Participants (9)

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ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 358 950

OY ARBONAUT LTD

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 85 900

COLEGIO DE POSTGRADUADOS

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 52 050

EL COLEGIO DE LA FRONTERA SUR

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 52 920

GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 283 700

NORUT NORTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 399 450

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 428 978

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PESQUISAS ESPACIAIS

Brazil

INSTITUTO DE HIDROLOGIA, METEOROLOGIA Y ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES

Colombia

EU Contribution

€ 32 550

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263075

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 598 238

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 560

Coordinated by:

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland