Monitoring a Productive Healthy Forest Landscape
March 2019 – March 2020
A company that sources wood products in the southern United States of America (USA) wanted to establish a monitoring framework to enable reliable tracking and reporting of the key dimensions of forest landscape health.
Hatfield implemented a service to monitor forest attributes annually from 2010-2020 in supply catchments in the Southern USA. The attributes addressed were:
- Forest cover – deforestation/afforestation, including changes such deciduous/coniferous composition and fragmentation/consolidation of forest in the landscape.
- Forest carbon – change above ground carbon stock using the forest cover maps and US Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plot data.
- Biodiversity values – identifying areas with statutory protection and High Conservation Value (HCV).
Data integrated to deliver the service included airborne Lidar, Landsat-5/7/8, Sentinel-2, FIA plot data, and other state and federal geospatial data. The service integrated satellite Earth observation data time series trend analysis, machine learning classification, and other geospatial analytics.