Mapping the different types of forest of the Congo Basin by high resolution satellite remote sensing


Université catholique de Louvain


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Start Date

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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The successful applicants will be in charge of the necessary satellite remote sensing development and of the production of national forest maps for the 10 countries of the Congo Basin (Central Africa). At the request of the COMIFAC countries, the Observatoire des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (OFAC) delivers since 2008 on regular basis an internationally recognised report on “The State of the Forests in the Congo Basin”. This report as well as the on-line OFAC information system ( help the COMIFAC countries to manage their forest resources in a more sustainable way.

In the context of the international REDD+ program and for their national forest plan, the COMIFAC countries recently requested detailed and up-to-date maps of the forest extent as well as the delineation of the different types of forests for their respective national territory. With the support of the European Union, the detailed forest typology, the advanced remote sensing methods, and the collaborative mapping strategy will be developed by the project team using state-of-the-art methods and the most recent technologies including the four Sentinel-1 and 2 satellites.

In close collaboration with the national experts from each country and the OFAC partners, the mapping activities at 10 m resolution will include experts training, regional workshops, cloud computing and field visits in several countries of the Congo Basin. In addition, on-line data analytics will be developed to enhance the use of the OFAC website for decision makers. The remote sensing research, the data analytics as well as the map production will rely on the large experience of our lab team in the field of tropical forest remote sensing.

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