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RECOVER

Fullname Science based remote sensing services to support REDD and sustainable forest management in tropical region
Funding Source EC
Programme FP7
Total Cost 3 592K€
Start Date 01/11/2010
Duration 36 months
Status Completed
Coordinator
Contact Person Tuomas Häme
Telephone Number +358 20 722 6282
Website http://www.vtt.fi/sites/recover/

Project abstract

ReCover is a project to develop beyond state-of-the-art service capabilities to support fighting deforestation and forest degradation in the tropical region. The service capabilities mean provision of a monitoring system of forest cover and forest cover changes and biomass including a robust accuracy assessment. The capabilities are based on utilizing mainly space-borne earth observation data and in-situ data.

The service development is controlled by specific user requirements that are expressed through Service Level Agreements (SLA) between the ReCover consortium and six users. The services prepare particularly for the implementation of the post-Kyoto climate treaty and the REDD+.

Service roll-out and expansion to the community outside the project and present pilot users is a key activity of ReCover. The outside community includes but is not restricted to TREES-3 project, GSE Forest Monitoring Extension, FRA, and GEO. The scientific viewpoint that reaches beyond the state-of-the-art techniques is the leading baseline of the study.

The main research focus in ReCover is to develop a sound statistical concept and validation procedure in the production, apply very high resolution image data to improve result reliability, estimate biomass and degradation as well as their change, define the role of radar data in REDD related services, and build standardized service system with a capacity building concept.

List of partner organisations

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Arbonaut, Finland
Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico
El Colegio de de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
GMV Aerospace and Defence SA Unipersonal, Spain
Northern Research Institute Tromsø, Norway
University of Wageningen, Netherlands