R&D Coordination

As new sensors and related capabilities emerge, new methodologies are developed to use these in management and monitoring of forest systems.  The conventional forest data products of tomorrow’s MRV reports are today’s areas of research and development. The GFOI community is developing an R&D plan which identifies priority areas where research is required to achieve its goals.  Identified priorities include: forest degradation, mapping of particular forest types (mangrove, peat forests, etc), interoperability, comparison of uncertainties associated to different forest biomass and allometrics estimation methodologies, data model integration.

Download the brochure that describes the R&D Coordination activities here.

Technical progress report

The R&D technical progress report, March 2017 can be accessed here.

Strategy Documents

As a first step GFOI produced the Review of Priority Research & Development Topics: R&D related to the use of Remote Sensing in National Forest MonitoringThe report identifies priority areas where research is required to achieve its goals.  Identified priorities include: forest degradation, mapping of particular forest types (mangrove, peat forests, etc), interoperability, comparison of uncertainties associated to different forest biomass and allometrics estimation methodologies, data model integration.

On the 20th of March 2015, GFOI published the GFOI R&D Plan for 2015+ (v1.1) and a summary of archive data acquired over GFOI R&D study sites 2009-2011.

R&D Expert Workshops

In order to further the development of the GFOI R&D plan GFOI is holding a series of expert workshops where invited researches can review on-going work, identify gaps and identify what is needed to allow new methods to be used in a routine operational way by all countries.

The First R&D Expert Workshop was held at the Woods Hole Research Centre, USA on the 10-11 June 2014 focusing on sensor interoperability and complementarity. For more details see here. The report of the meeting can be downloaded here.

The Second R&D Expert Workshop took place on 1-3 October 2014 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. It was organised in collaboration with GOFC-GOLD and was focused on forest degradation. Details can be found here and the report downloaded here.

The Third R&D Expert Workshop was organised in collaboration with GOFC-GOLD, CSIRO and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). It took place 24-26 February 2015 in Brisbane, Australia, and was focused on remote sensing approaches for vegetation biomass estimation. Details can be found here.

The Fourth R&D Expert Workshop took place on 9-10 November 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. It was organised in collaboration with GOFC-GOLD and focused on the use of global datasets for national REDD+ measuring and monitoring. Details can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.

The Fifth R&D Expert Workshop took place on 7-10 June 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. It was organised by GOFC-GOLD in collaboration with CONABIO, SilvaCarbon and focused on regional solutions to forest type stratification and characterising the forest state for national forest monitoring and carbon emissions reporting (REDD+ MRV and LULUCF). Details can be found here. The summary report can be downloaded here.

The Science meeting held in the Hague, The Netherlands (31 October – 4 November 2016) was jointly organised with the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Office. An R&D Expert Workshop on biomass estimation was held as part of this meeting. Details can be found here. The summary report of the meeting can be found here.

A Science meeting will be held in Oslo, Norway (26-28 June 2017), organized jointly by the Norwegian Space Center (NSC) and the GFOI R&D Coordination component, the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Office. The meeting is the 2nd Expert workshop on lessons learned from Accuracy Assessments in the context of REDD+. More details can be found here. 

R&D Study Sites

A total of 19 R&D groups are affiliated to the GFOI R&D Coordination component.  See location of R&D study sites on this map.

FAQ

Clarifying what a GFOI R&D participant is:

A research group is considered as participating in the R&D coordinated activities of the GFOI if:

1- the group works on one or more R&D priority topics identified by the GFOI.
2- the group agrees to be referenced as a GFOI R&D participant,
3- the group contributes to other GFOI components’ activities (e.g., CB, MGD)
4- (optional) the group requested and obtained Earth observation data from the GFOI, interacting with the Element-3 sub-component of the SDCG.

Note the Component does not provide financial resources to support such research activities. Instead, participating research groups join the GFOI with their own source of funding. Research groups can submit data requests to the space data providers that are participating in the GFOI. Please contact the R&D Coordination if you are interested in joining the R&D activities.

How does the GFOI R&D Coordination Component contribute to the activities of the MGD Component?

The R&D Component interacts with the MGD Component in different ways:

1- ensuring the methods reported in the Method and Guidance Document (MGD) are appropriate and have reached a sufficient level of maturity to be considered as operational,
2- validating the scientific soundness of the country cases reported in the MGD.
3- providing methodological recommendations either in the form of summary reports following R&D Expert Workshops, or independent modules that can be viewed as interim communications between major updates of the MGD,
4- participating in the major rounds of update of the MGD.

How does the GFOI R&D Coordination Component contribute to the activities of the CB Component?

The R&D Component interacts with the CB Component in different ways:

1- ensuring the methods presented in the training materials (lectures, hands-on exercises) are appropriate and have reached a sufficient level of maturity to be considered as operational,
2- developing training materials that discuss assets and limits of novel methods that are still at the R&D stage,
3- participating actively in the training sessions, developing hands-on exercises on latest methods.

How does the GFOI R&D Coordination Component contribute to the activities of the SDCG Component?

The R&D Component interacts with the Element-3 sub-component of the SDCG to facilitate the communications between the R&D groups and the space data providers participating in the GFOI. R&D groups can submit data requests to space data providers who in turn, select the projects they want to support with the provision of free data. Selection criteria vary from one data provider to another one. See data request sheets in the SCDG Element-3 document

Space data support to GFOI R&D activities (SDCG Element-3)

The third element of the CEOS space data strategy for GFOI – Data supply in support of GFOI R&D activities, including in support of: the science studies required to progress R&D priority topics for GFOI to operational status and assisting the development and evolution of the GFOI Methods and Guidance Document; typically also involving a wider range of satellite missions beyond the ‘core data streams’, some of which are provided commercially and beyond the scope of CEOS agency responsibility.​

Version 3.0 updated April 2017.

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The GFOI Office is responsible for the R&D Coordination Component of GFOI.