Remote sensing based National Detection Sytem for Forest Damages


Background and Objective

The project will create and test the prerequisites for the implementation of a remote sensing-based forest damage monitoring system. This should provide data as a decision-making aid for crisis management in case of large-scale forest damage. The aim of the project is also a transfer of technology and knowledge, so that the Thünen Institute can continue a corresponding monitoring and reporting system after the end of the project with the support of the Länder.
The remote sensing-based national forest damage monitoring system is to provide reliable information on forest areas and quantities of wood that have died due to calamities such as storms, drought, insect pests or forest fires with a reasonable expenditure. It is intended to generate up-to-date reference maps with the aid of largely automatic rapid detection and to enable annual reports on the extent of the damage. Proven solutions are to be tested and further developed. The most promising solution is to be converted into a nationwide application.


Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

  • Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
    (Graz, Österreich)
  • Eidgenössischen Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL)
    (Zürich, Schweiz)

Funding Body

  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
    (national, öffentlich)


5.2020 - 4.2023