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Applied GeoSolutions begins Forest Disturbance Phase II

Federal environmental agencies, NGOs, and industry have an increasing need for a more rapid method to quantify forest structure and map forest disturbances. In September, Applied GeoSolutions began a two yearlong second phase of a project funded by the US Department of Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program. With help from Mark Ducey at the University of New Hampshire and Paul Siqueira at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Applied GeoSolutions created the Forest Disturbance technology, to quickly quantify above ground biomass, forest stand height, and canopy cover using radar satellites instead of optical data or field observations. Tracking changes in these forest attributes is used to characterize when and where a disturbance occurs and its level of impact. Some examples of forest disturbances are deforestation, microbursts and tornadoes.  This technology is being tested across the globe in Cambodia as well as in the White Mountain National Forest. As the Forest Disturbance algorithms advance, AGS will use this technology within their Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification platforms.