Why do we actually need to look after and grow our forests and wood lots around the world? The forestry industries importance is highlighted across the commercial space as well as the benefits forests play in our daily lives. In this post, we discuss the critical value both commercial and natural forests play in our lives.
Nairobi, Kenya – The 15th of November saw the official launch of the Geospatial Forestry Platform take place with key decision makers in the East African forestry industry in attendance to discuss the benefits of a more technological approach to forestry in the area.
We are proudly featured on the cover of WoodBiz Africa's October edition. Read more about how our platform aims to consolidate geospatial forestry monitoring into an online tool that is used across the board to enhance key decision making at all phases in the timber plantation lifecycle. From planning to planting and ongoing monitoring of plantations across the world. The Geospatial Forestry Platform has been developed by Swift Geospatial, one of the world's leading GIS and remote sensing companies, to actively change the forestry industry through technology.
RGB and NIR. Related terminology might refer to them as Natural Colour imagery or False Colour Infrared imagery. But what do these terms mean?
One of the most useful outputs available in the Geospatial Forestry Platform are the NDVI images that are derived from satellite imagery. But what is NDVI? This abbreviation stands for "Normalised Difference Vegetation Index", and it is a measure of photosynthetic activity in vegetation. Simply put, it is a measure of how well a plant is growing, and we are able to monitor it through high quality satellite imagery.
Certain species have characteristics that make them suitable for certain products or uses and are therefore a preferred choice from a commercial perspective. However, if the available sites to plant these species do not have the requirements that provide optimal growth for that species, then it will not perform successfully, leading to potential losses or crop failure. Below are examples of specific species’ characteristics and where they might do well as a commercial crop.
Site species matching to a particular environment is a critical element for any forestry project to be successful in that the trees grown are not only suitable for the relevant market conditions but that the tree crops attain optimal growth. This means that trees planted are able to survive during the early stages of growth, are healthy and vigorous throughout their life and reach a marketable stage as quickly as possible.