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Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.

Preserving the World’s Forests With Geospatial Solutions

 
August 3rd, 2012 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

It is estimated that 29.6 percent of the Earth’s surface is comprised of forests.  In addition, there are approximately one trillion canopy trees on the globe and nearly two-thirds of land-dwelling creatures inhabit our forests.  Some researchers believe that the way we treat our forests will impact the future of  our earth.

Without a doubt, preserving our forests is of paramount importance to the future of our ecosystem.  Geospatial solutions play a critical role in gaining the insights we need to preserve our natural environment for future generations.

Intergraph recently hosted a webinar that presented a forestry client case study that detailed the research and processes that must be undertaken to properly care for a forest environment. The webinar also illustrated how Intergraph’s photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS software work together, providing a platform that enables forestry specialists to cohesively understand biodiversity. This includes the ability to monitor logging and pest activities, detect and stop illegal resource harvesting, and map fire danger zones to bring increased awareness of an ecosystem health.

Last summer, devastating fires took place in the National Forest of Dadia, located in the Northeast region of Greece, which caused major damage in an area known for hosting many unique birds of prey. With Intergraph’s geospatial software, our client WWF Hellas was able to accurately monitor the forest with maps that covered the entire area.  Using GEOEYE-1 imagery, the dataset included satellite imagery collected after the fire, as well during the period of the phenological cycle of November 2011.

Our world is changing rapidly.  With the Colorado wildfires and extreme storms that are battering much of the nation, we need the right geospatial solutions to provide the situational awareness for decision making processes to help save lives and preserve our planet.

Be sure to check out the full webinar here.

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