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IDL and ENVI are at the Heart of International Projects with EADS Defense and Security Systems in France

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Customer Challenge

EADS needed to create a solution using satellite imagery to enable the National Forest Inventory to identify forest cut inventories.

Solution Achieved

EADS Defense and Security Systems developed the Metis forêt solution, in partnership with the CEMAGREF (Research Institute for Agriculture and Environment Engineering), the IFN (National Forest Inventory), the Research Ministery and the CNES ( French Space Agency ).

"We developed applications with IDL and ENVI because of their friendly and easy-to-use tools," explains Patrice Couillaud, project manager at EADS. "We used a method developed by the CEMAGREF based on wood cutting detection that compares a series of satellite images taken at the same place at a 1-year interval. Thanks to Metis forêt, the IFN can locate the cuts made during the year and then evaluate the wood production of a population per year. Moreover, this application enables the IFN to check the accuracy of cut declarations, in particular in the Landes forest in France, by reducing the ground investigations.”

Key Benefits

  • Using IDL & ENVI, EADS can now use satellite images, taken at 1 year intervals, and locate cuts made during the year and evaluate the wood production.

  • The IDL & ENVI solution, along with satellite imaging, reduced the amount of guess work and extensive field work that would have to be done to determine wood production.

  • IDL & ENVI are often requested in the calls for tenders because they enable people to develop specific applications quickly.

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