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Forest Carbon Monitoring project well represented in the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2022

The world’s biggest Earth observation conference is taking place this week in Bonn, Germany. The European Space Agency’s Living Planet Symposium is held every three years. This year it is organised with the support of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The symposium focuses on how Earth observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.

The Forest Carbon Monitoring (FCM) is well represented in the 2022 symposium. In addition to two scientific submissions from the project, the members of the project team also present methodologies to be used in the FCM project in the context of other projects. At least the following presentations by the project team directly relate to the data and methods that are used in the Forest Carbon Monitoring project:

Wednesday – 25.05.2022

08:30 am: A4.02.1 Earth Observations for AFOLU estimation and reporting

09:15 am: Integrating space-based biomass and national forest inventory data to enhance subnational forest-related biomass estimates, Natalia Malaga Duran | Wageningen University

05:20 pm: Poster Session Day 3

The contribution of C-band scatterometers to the quantification of global forest above-ground biomass during the last 30 years, Dr. Maurizio Santoro | Gamma Remote Sensing


Thursday – 26.05.2022

08:30 am: A3.06.1 Biomass monitoring – 1

08:30 am: CCI Biomass: Status and future developments for global mapping of aboveground biomass and change, Dr. Oliver Cartus | Gamma Remote Sensing AG

01:30 pm: C2.01.1 Towards a Digital Twin of the Earth – advances and challenges ahead – 1

02:00 pm: Towards a Digital Twin of the Earth's Forests, Dr. Matti Mõttus | VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

03:40 pm: A3.12.2 Forest Monitoring – 2

04:10 pm: Predicting forest structural variables using Sentinel-2 and airborne laser scanning data in boreal forest, Laura Sirro | VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

05:20 pm: Poster Session Day 4

ESA Forest Carbon Monitoring project – How to improve the usability of Earth Observation based approaches for users’ evolving requirements in forest biomass monitoring, Dr. Jukka Miettinen | VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (download poster)

Forest Flux – Cloud service for mapping forest structural variables and carbon assimilation, Prof. Dr. Tuomas Häme | VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Growing toolset for the forestry domain on the Forestry TEP, Renne Tergujeff | VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.


Friday – 27.05.2022

12:20 pm: Poster Session Day 5

ESA Forest Carbon Monitoring project – benchmarking of EO data, methods and estimation of uncertainty in forest inventory mapping, Dr. Oleg Antropov | VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (download poster)


In addition, the project will have good presence in the ESA’s Science for Society Corner. There will be a video presentation of the project running on the screen in regular intervals. In addition, there will be a demonstration on the Forestry TEP on Thursday 26th 17:30-18:00, presenting the platform and the service ecosystem that is being built on it, including the Forest Carbon Monitoring system.

Come and enjoy our presentations, posters, videos and demos! This is a great opportunity to get more information on the project. If anything is left unclear, don’t hesitate to contact us through the website for more information.