The Earth Observation Platform (EOP) systemizes data from the Forest Administrative Platform with satellite imagery (Landsat8, Sentinel2) to identify disturbances to the environment using remote sensing techniques.
The environmental disturbances examined by EOP are illegal logging and environmental damage or disturbances such as wildfires and summer droughts. EOP also aims to investigate the conservation status of forests with tools to map their structural diversity.
The EOP is used directly or indirectly by its users: LIFE-FOLIAGE partners use the EOP directly, through a programming interface, while other users can view/download the cartographies produced by the EOP webgis interface.
A part of these data will also be viewable from the IEP. User’s of EOP are different objectives:
- partners of LIFE FOLIAGE test different traditional algorithms, based on AI, to identify natural disturbances and support forest monitoring. The algorithm identified as the most efficient are the consolidated in the EOP and recalled at regular time intervals, to automatically create maps and alert services (eg. Unauthorized cutting in the area).
- Region and PA’s aspire to know the state of forests in order to develop forest policies. Critical issues are marked both with maps and alerts;
- forest professional can use EOP to know the dynamics at work in the forests affected by their administrative practices;
- Carabinieri follow the validation of the cartographic maps produced by EOP and can use them to plan their activities in the field;
- non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can consult the cartographic maps produced by EOP to support their activities and studies.