Three-dimensional Forest Ecosystem Monitoring and Better Understanding by Terrestrial-based Technologies


Introduction to the Action

3DForEcoTech project aims to establish a strong network of scientists and stakeholders (i.e. practitioners) and sensor manufacturers to synchronise the knowledge, to develop general protocols and algorithms for forest ecosystem state survey and forest functioning, and to make these novel technologies available to a broad audience.

Specifically, 3DForEcoTech will develop protocols for data acquisition, processing, fusion for forest inventory and ecological applications, and will establish open-data and open-source algorithm databases.


Meet our Working Groups

The WG1 primarily focuses on different aspects of data collection by novel terrestrial-based technologies suitable to capture and generate 3D point clouds of individual trees as well as forest ecosystems.

The WG2 focuses on the fusion of data produced by novel terrestrial-based technologies data with other remote sensing data. The aim is to establish the link between terrestrial data in the frame of large-scale applications at regional, national, or even global levels.

The WG3 is divided into three main aspects of point cloud processing: pre-processing, processing, and evaluation of results. Pre-processing is an important step for both laser- and image-based point clouds. And it is a very crucial step for photogrammetry where the two-dimensional images are processed into 3D point clouds.

WG4 is working on the application part of the Action. WG4 focuses on the usage of novel terrestrial-based technologies and techniques within precision forestry. Mainly on forest stands and individual tree parameters, that could be used for forest inventory, monitoring, and management.

WG5 is an application-oriented WG, similar to WG4. In this case, the focus is on the implementation of novel terrestrial-based technologies for forest ecology research purposes. In the beginning, it will identify already available best practices. The WG5 closely works with WG1-3 to identify all possibilities from data collection, data fusion, and processing points of view.

WG6 is responsible for identifying important stakeholders and target audiences at the national, European, and global levels. It will establish correct and efficient communication with all parties, in order to disseminate the findings and results.


Latest Updates

16.06.2022 8:30-9:30 Morning presentations of Working Group leaders 9:30-10:30 Separate WG meetings 10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-12:30 Separate WG meetings 12:30-14:00 Lunch 14:00-15:30 Walk and talk session and Core group meeting afterwards After lunch, we will have a “walk and talk session“, where we will walk together with the opportunity to have a fruitful discussion with colleagues...

Part of our first in-person 3DForEcoTech meeting in Prague will be a workshop day (15.06.2022). It is full of exciting talks. The whole workshop will be streamed, so if you want to watch it live, please register below, and we will deliver the streaming link to your e-mail on the day of the workshop. Register HERE....

Open call - The deadline for applications is 8th May.

Aim & Objectives: Novel terrestrial-based technologies play an important part in monitoring forest ecosystems. Such technologies have experienced a fast development in recent years. Within this summer school we will introduce the theory, practical work and analysis of 3D terrestrial-based sensors. This includes various types of terrestrial laser scanning, mobile laser scanning, as well as...

3DForEcoTech is a COST Action focusing on three-dimensional close range technologies and how to use them for monitoring and a better understanding of #forest ecosystems. We will launch grant calls, training schools, meetings and multiple challenging tasks. So, follow us! FaceBook / Twitter / YouTube

Within the 3DForEcoTech COST Action www.cost.eu/actions/CA20118, we want to create a workflow database of all solutions for processing detailed point clouds of forest ecosystems. If you are a developer, tester or user do not hesitate to submit the solution/algorithm Here