Application of modern methods for
forest inventories (EMMFOR)
Development of an innovative application of satellite-based technologies for forest inventories.
The use of DGPS, especially the combined use of GPS, EGNOS and further
GALILEO, will allow an accelerated and more precise relocation of the
sample points. Additional total stations and Inertial Navigation Systems
(INS) guide to the sample points even in topographically difficult
locations. The project aims at demonstrating advantages and the
easy handling of the DGPS method combined with the conventional
ground based surveying techniques. Once measured, geographical
coordinates of sample plots or certain ground marks can be reused
supposed that a stable location measurement was obtained.
Employing high resolution satellite imagery in addition to
traditional methods will add further advancements to the
satellite navigation component: The high repetition rates,
the large aerial coverage, the high geometric accuracy, and
the spectral information content bear the potential for rapid,
precise, more frequent forest assessments covering larger areas
and a broader thematic scope than conventional forest inventories.
Earth observation data will be analysed along with traditional data
in GIS to derive maximum value of these various types of information.
Important overall improvements and added value in terms of efficiency,
accuracy, and information quality will result from the innovative
approach of EMMFOR. The user involvement from project start will
guarantee the development of a prototype service, which is actually
based on the requirements and the financial capabilities of forest
TeleConsult Austria GmbH, Austria (lead)
GeoVille Informations und Datenverarbeitungs GmbH, Austria
Stand Montafon – Forstfonds, Austria
DI Siegbert Terzer – Technisches Büro für Forst- und Holzwirtschaft, Austria
HiTec Marketing, Austria
Austrian Government (BMVIT)
Successfully completed in 2004