SLOPE Project – intelligent forest management

Evaluation of a forest stand with TLS

Evaluation of a forest stand with TLS

Integrated proceSsing and controL systems fOr sustainable forest Production in mountain arEas

The mission of SLOPE is to develop an integrated system for the optimization of the forest production in mountain areas. Its aim is to fill the gap between the more expensive and less flexible forestry operations in mountain areas and optimized cut-to-length systems in flatland forests.

Therefore the purpose is, to combine spatial information and multi-sensor data from remote sensing. Data occurs via UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and TLS (Terrestrial Laser Scanner) surveying systems to a model for Sustainable Forest Management. With these utilities optimal planning and logistics management can be achieved in forest operations. In the long run, the geo- referenced, combined and harmonized data can be used to repeat measurements and monitor forest health, growth rate, brush cutting, damage, harvest and reforestation.

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Monitoring forests for better decision-making

Monitoring forests for better decision-making

The world’s forest area is about 4 billion hectares – roughly 30 percent of the global land area, an important fact that has come from over 60 years of global forest monitoring and assessment. With human population growing exponentially, the demand for forest products, such as wood, is rapidly rising, making monitoring an essential tool for planning for future sustainable supply. Forest monitoring provides a foundation for better planning, investment, management and evaluation of forest quality and extent.

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