Data in Use
Sentinel-1 SAR, stripmap mode: 80km swath, 5x5m spatial resolution
The Fallen Trees mobile app monitors windthrown forests and addresses the acute need for inventory management when big storms strike. Satellite-based monitoring inherently covers large areas and offers a quick and efficient alternative to existing methods involving helicopters, light aircraft, UAVs, or drones. Quickly obtaining accurate damage assessments along with precise navigation for forestry harvesting services is essential for owners, insurance companies, and the forestry industry at large.
The Fallen Trees project makes satellite-based forest inventory management easy and affordable to an array of target groups. By also serving as a navigation guide and a damage administration system, it offers an efficient, cost-effective alternative to traditional monitoring methods involving helicopters and light aircraft.
«Conventional means of managing forests following major storms are resource-intensive, in part because they make use of helicopters and involve time-consuming on-site inspections. This is where the satellite-based app Fallen Trees comes in, providing assistance to quickly assess damage to forests and granting operators access to remove trees that are no longer standing.»
Dr Thomas Beer
European Space Agency (ESA)
Copernicus Policy Coordinator