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FORSAT is a research project co-funded by the national funding authorities of the participating countries under EUROSTARS and the European Commission, for the period 2012-2014.


Participant organization


1 GeoImaging Ltd Cyprus
2 4DiXplorer AG Switzerland
3 Ekinoks Surveying Software Eng. Ltd. Co. Turkey
4 Ingenieria Y Soluciones Informaticas S.L. Spain
5 GeoVille GmbH Austria

The aim of FORSTAT, which stands for a satellite image processing platform for high resolution forest assessment, is to raise the current technological capacity of aerial imagery combined with airborne laser scanning for forest cover mapping applications to a stand-alone, satellite-based monitoring capacity.

Specifically, the project aspires to transfer the existing precise processing capabilities of airborne techniques to Very High Resolution (VHR) optical, stereographic satellite data, thereby providing a single source forest information solution.

The envisaged FORSAT platform will enable high-resolution thematic mapping of forest areas along with canopy height detection, which will in turn allow for the derivation of forest volume. Based on historical data, the system will allow automatic change detection of forest/non-forest areas along with change in forest volume. The FORSAT functionalities, accuracy, capacities and applicability to specified market segments will be tested, improved and benchmarked against existing relevant platforms.

The results of FORSAT will provide single source, flexible forest information solutions with a competitive price/quality ratio, allowing for new market entry in the forest sector. The project is conceived as a fully user-driven project and the consortium setup ensures know-how transfer between the European Earth Observation (EO) software development and service application industry.

Acronym: FORSAT
Code: E!7358
Funding scheme: EUROSTARS
Starting Date: November 1, 2012
Duration: 24 months
Initial budget: 1.642.280,00 EUR
Coordinator: Dr. Stratos Stylianidis
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