The service of continuous satellite monitoring of the forest fund based on AI is looking for changes in the forest on the territory of the Perm Territory, said the press service of the Innopolis University.
The new service was developed by the InnoGeoTech company together with specialists from the Institute of Artificial Intelligence of the Innopolis University: it monitors the forest fund for the regional state system of the Perm Territory (RGIS) “Smart Forest”.
The service will become a subsystem necessary for further digitalization of the entire forestry complex of the region.
The system works autonomously, it:
- processes and analyzes satellite images,
- fixes the objects of forest changes in the cartographic browser,
- classifies objects into five categories: felling sites, burnt-out areas, windblows, quarries, as well as dead or damaged plantations (forest pathology),
- compares the received information with already known data.
Thanks to this, it is possible to establish the legal status of forest changes – this is especially important in the case of felling. For example, if logging is illegal, its status is recorded, after which Smart Forest users – civil servants, foresters, loggers – receive notifications with appropriate marks on the map.
Over the year, the speed of processing satellite images has increased almost threefold, and now the system is able to analyze 1,500 hectares per minute. The accuracy of the analysis is 98%.