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Global projects

EC FP7 REDD Fast Logging Assessment & Monitoring Environment (REDD-FLAME)

Country: Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique

Period: 2011-2013

Objective(s): design, prototype and demonstrate a system capable of monitoring logging and forest degradation in tropical and sub-tropical forests using new very high-resolution radar and optical sensors (i.e. TerraSAR-X, RapidEye).

Partners: Remote Sensing Applications Consultants Ltd (UK), TerraSphere Imaging & GIS B.V., Wageningen University, Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH, Amazon Conservation Team, Borneo Orang-utan Survival Foundation, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique.

Funding: European Commission (FP7 program)

Demonstration of a technology prototype based on radar satellite imagery enabling online observation of land cover change

Country: Global (testsite Borneo)

Period: 2010-2011

Objective(s): re-implement radar-based land cover change software to be integrated with a high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine running online in the 'Google cloud'. Read more at http://blog.google.org/2009/12/seeing-forest-through-cloud.html

Partners: Wageningen University, Google.org

Funding: Google.org

Research into new biomass mapping methods using advanced radar

Country: Global

Period: 2009-2011

Objective(s): technical review and testing of new biomass (carbon) mapping methods using advanced radar (P-band). Contribution of the Netherlands to the preparation phase of the BIOMASS mission, a candidate Earth Explorer mission of the European Space Agency aiming to significantly improve estimates carbon stocks and fluxes over land through global measurements of forest biomass and its change with time.

Partners: Dutch Space EADS Astrium, Wageningen University

Funding: Netherlands Space Office on behalf of Ministry of Economic Affairs

Support activities for the development of practical measures to facilitate implementation of the EC biofuels sustainability scheme

Country: Europe

Period: 2010

Objective(s): technical consultancy to the European Commission on remote sensing techniques and datasets available for the monitoring of compliance with the EC Renewable Energy (RES) Directive.

Partners: Ecofys, ISRIC, IUCN, Ernst & Young

Funding: European Commission

Bio & Geo-Physical Retrieval Algorithms for Active Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces at P- and L-band

Country: Global

Period: 2008-2009

Objective(s): Review of advanced radar processing techniques, exchange and testing of new radar processing techniques for land cover mapping using L and P band radar data.

Partners: German Aerospace Center (DLR), AEL Consultants, University of Wales Aberystwyth, ONERA

Funding: European Space Agency (ESA)

ALOS Kyoto & Carbon (K&C) Initiative

Country: Insular SE Asia (Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, PNG), Guiana Shield (Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, northern part of Brazilian Amazon)

Period: 2006 - 2011

Objective(s): define, develop and validate radar mapping and monitoring products derived primarily from ALOS PALSAR l-band radar data for both the forest and wetlands themes covering Insular SE Asia. Products are to meet the specific information requirements relating to international environmental conventions, carbon cycle science and conservation of the environment.

Partners: Wageningen University, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA / EORC), Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, provincial governments of Central Kalimantan and Papua, Conservation International, Wetlands International, Alterra, Guyana Forestry Commission, and others (funding Netherlands Ministry of Environment and own resources)

Misc: WUR-SarVision is specifically assigned to process PALSAR data for insular SE Asia and the Guiana Shield. Other radar expert teams (e.g. NASA JPL, EU JRC, WHRC etc.) have been selected to cover other parts of the world.

Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme

Country: Indonesia, Colombia, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, Guiana Shield

Period: 2005 - 2008

Objective(s): development and implementation of a mapping and monitoring strategy in support of securing the natural resource livelihood basis of local communities in developing countries by the conservation of ecosystems and their related services and the implementation of the international legal order. Compile spatial datasets and prepare limited demonstration maps.

Partners: Institute for Environmental Security (IES, lead contractor), UNEP-GRID Arendal, Bronkhorst International Law Services, FundaciĆ³n Gaia Amazonas / COAMA Colombia, International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) DRC Rwanda Uganda, BOS Foundation Indonesia,

Funding: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Exploiting longer wavelength SAR data for the improvement of surface modelling

Country: Global

Period: 2006 - 2008

Objective(s): WUR/SarVision's work consists of testing a new classification algorithm developed together with the University of Nijmegen using the technique of Finite Mixture Models and Markov Random Field (MRF) clustering, and recommend structural mapping approaches for a number of mission scenarios.

Partners: University of Munich (LMU - Prime Contractor), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wageningen University,

Funding: European Space Agency (ESA)

PolInSAR in orbit demonstration

Country: Global

Period: 2006 - 2007

Objective(s): Extend the review of INDREX-II campaign pol-insar radar data and exploit JAXA's ALOS PalSAR Pol-InSAR capability, to demonstrate/validate Pol-InSAR products in tropical forest environments and prepare for successful implementation in a space-borne framework.

Partners: German Aerospace Center (DLR - Prime Contractor), AEL Consultants, Center for Environmental Research(UfZ)

Funding: European Space Agency (ESA)

SarGrid - The set up of a Grid infrastructure for SAR processing in support of Forestry Management

Country: Global

Period: 2005 - 2006

Objective(s): Set up an infrastructure with extensive computing resources for large scale SAR image processing using state of the art Grid and Web Services technologies

Dutch Space, Wageningen University

Funding: Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programmes (NIVR)

ITC-FAO Forest Assessment and Monitoring Environment (FAME)

Country: Global

Period: 1992 - 1996

Objective(s): User requirements assessment and feasibility studies on the development of a global forest monitoring system and archiving system; FAME (Forest Assessment and Monitoring Environment) and RESPAS (REmote Sensing Processing and Archiving System).

Partners: co-operation with, among others, FAO, Brazilian Space Agency (INPE), NLR, ITC

Funding: National Space Development Funds BCRS NRT