Aims and Scope of the conference

 

 

ForestSat’07 aims at bringing together remote sensing and geographic information specialists with foresters and other forest stakeholders to foster exchanges towards an operational and fruitful use of remote sensing techniques and products for forest applications.

Forests are a vital component of our environment, at all levels, from local to global. They play a quadruple role, production, protection, conservation and a social one. Since the early 90’s, they are subject to a renewed interest, due to wide societal concerns regarding biodiversity and greenhouse effect that have resulted in multilateral agreements such as the Convention on biological diversity or the Kyoto protocol. Consequently the needs are growing for an improved knowledge of the world forests.
 
In that context, remote sensing techniques have already shown that they can play a significant role in the inventory and characterisation of forests and for the knowledge of their functioning. The recent years have seen the launch of new generations of satellites, with more being expected in the years to come, and now a large range of data is available, with spatial resolutions from a few kilometres to a few decimetres and acquisition periodicity up to several times a day.