Trees in space
Cork-based forestry-technology company, Treemetrics, has won a €1m contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to carry out forestry monitoring research using their satellite technology.
The company pioneered the use of laser-scanning technology to measure volume and quality of standing tree crops, while more recently it has added satellite mapping and a 'real-time forest intelligence system' that allows forestry owners to monitor the quality and volume of timber remotely throughout the harvesting process.
Enda Keane, CEO of Treemetrics, said that this contract will help make the company's technology more readily available to forest owners globally.
The company has teamed up with the IFA to offer members a 25pc discount on their forestry assessment service. Standard fees for areas of more than 10ha are €50/ha for sites for thinning, to €90/ha for clearfell sites. The service is to be rolled out nationally and information can be found in the forestry section of the IFA website.