Treemetrics a key advance in the mapping of forested areas
Traditionally, maintaining informative and accurate maps has presented a challenge to foresters.
As the forest grows and the canopy closes, it is increasingly difficult to maintain a picture of the productive area, and frequently the forest manager can only make an informed guess regarding the percentage that is unproductive.
Treemetrics is the first system that integrates satellite imagery with aerial and terrestrial laser scanning, thus allowing accurate mapping of the forest into all categories of productivity.
In partnership with the European Space Agency, they have just announced the development of a new global forest mapping and monitoring product called Forest Mapper.
"The Irish forest industry is entering an exciting phase with the increase in private timber harvesting," said Enda Keane of Treemetrics.
"Forest owners and buyers are now asking key questions about the quality, quantity and value of available timber.
"In addition, forest owners with younger plantations wish to know when their forests will be suitable to harvest."
Treemetrics have developed the system to provide an independent method that also assists the valuation of a forest.