The frequency and magnitude of storms lead in the past decades to several millions Euro forest area losses. The responsible agenies need fast reliable infomration about damages to react quickly and efficiency and direct forest management activities.
Optical and radar satellites together with laser scanning technology offer cost-effective and timely information on forest structure and damage, as demonstrated by the EUFODOS project with the GMES/Copernicus High Resolution Forest Core Layer (2). Among the products of this service, map information is produced focusing on the derivation of windfall areas and displaying damaged forest areas.
(1) European forests — ecosystem conditions and sustainable use, EEA 2008.
forest growth maps
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