HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Scots firm to use satellite data to help protect rainforests

stv.tv

11 days ago   Article ID# 3994533
Original URL

 

GLASGOW, U K (stv.tv) - Edinburgh-based Ecometrica has secured the award from the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme (IPP).

The project, which will run over three years, will see the firm's software used to process, interpret and manage the vast volumes of data being transmitted from satellites already circling the earth.

Dr Richard Tipper, executive chairman of Ecometrica, said: "We all know how important tropical rainforests are to the survival of the global ecosystem, but most people are only just waking up to the fact that we need to use technology to make sure conservation efforts are effective and properly directed."


The Forests 2020 project is aimed at helping six countries - Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya and Mexico - to protect and restore their forests, which cover an area around 12 times the size of the UK.

It will see Ecometrica set up systems to process the data produced all the time by commercial satellites and those of the European Space Agency and Nasa.

The company's input is expected to significantly speed up the interpretation of that information, enabling them to produce maps and data about specific areas of forestry for the countries in question.

The project will further see Ecometrica, which specialises in measuring environmental change, lead an international consortium that brings together many of the world's leading experts on forest monitoring, including scientists from Universities of Edinburgh and Leicester, plus forest authorities and researchers in each of the partner countries.

Dr Tipper said it can be hard for governments to obtain information about the scale of deforestation and forest degradation, particularly in large rural areas.

"The nature of this particular project is to try to help six different developing countries improve their national forest monitoring systems," he explained.

"Satellites are probably the best way to monitor forest change because forests cover large areas in many remote places. Satellites go round the earth many times a day gathering data.

"The key challenge is systematically getting hold of that data and processing it and then making the information available to the different users in the forestry system, be they at federal, state level or even local level.

"At the moment those information flows are quite rudimentary and fragmented."

He said the systems they put in place should ensure that threats to forests such as fires and illegal logging are detected more quickly.

"It is estimated that improved monitoring systems, which enable a more targeted approach, could help prevent the loss of four to six million hectares of forest over the next decade: that's an area more than half the size of Scotland, or two to three times the size of Wales," Dr Tipper added.

Ecometrica - which currently has 32 staff across bases in the Scottish capital, London, Boston, and Montreal - said the project is due to be completed by March 2020. It claimed the contract is the largest so far to come from the £150m UK Space Agency programme, and follows a competitive tendering process.

Ray Fielding, head of the IPP at the UK Space Agency, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Ecometrica to address deforestation and sustainable forest management for developing nations.

"The programme will identify innovative ways that space technology can help in this important area, which has been identified by the UN as key for sustainable development, and we intend to make a real difference to the people on the ground working to preserve the world's forests."

Copyright 2017 stv.tv   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 11 days ago   Article ID# 3994533

   

<< Return To Environment News

Action Center

Climate change threatens Great Lakes forest health, researchers say

Action: Climate Change

Great Lakes forests will get warmer and suffer more frequent short-term droughts, scientists say.

“We know cli ...

Speak up for Southern African leopards

Action: Wildlife Conservation

All leopards are at risk of extinction because of habitat and prey loss, poaching, human conflict and trophy hunting -- but n ...

Majority of primate species may vanish in next 25 to 50 years

Action: Stop Deforestation

The majority of the world’s primates are in deep trouble. There are as few as 20 or 30 Hainan gibbons left in China, and the ...

Keep California's rivers clean and clear of mining

Action: Stop Pollution

State officials are considering opening up California's rivers to a reckless form of river mining known as suction dredging. ...

Protect dusky sharks from extinction!

Action: Save Our Oceans

Dusky shark populations are dwindling off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and we can’t afford to let these sleek, iconic m ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.