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BalticSatApps on IT Dialogue 2020

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On October 02, 2020, within the framework of the All-Russian Forum “IT Dialogue”, a round table “Possibilities of using satellite data provided by Copernicus Program for managing the development of territories” was held. The event was organized by BalticSatApps project partners from Russia to raise awareness of the possibilities of applying Earth observation data and technologies, especially – data provided by European Copernicus program.

At the event, LITSAM representative made a report “Potential of applying Earth observation data to manage the development of territories” and discussed talking about the possibilities of using this data and already implemented projects in this area.

The interface for interaction of Russian users with remote sensing data (including Copernicus data), developed within BalticSatApps project with the support of LITSAM specialists, was also demonstrated.

The event was also attended by representatives of St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Center and Russian-European Innovation Partnership. Representatives of the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics (St. Petersburg University) – head of department Evgeniy Panidi, senior lecturers Tatiyana Andreeva and Natalia Pozdnyakova – participated as listeners and provided an interesting discussion on topical issues and problems of using satellite data in various thematic fields.

Innoforestview project on IT Dialogue 2020

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On October 01, 2020, within the framework of the All-Russian Forum “IT Dialogue”, a round table “Information technologies for ecology in Russia and Finland” was held. The event was organized by Russian partners of «Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the crossborder region forests – Innoforestview» project.

The round table was attended by representatives of the Committee for Informatization and Communication, St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Center, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University, LLC “Smart Media Systems” and St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

At the event, LITSAM chief researcher Viacheslav Zelentsov presented a report «Information system for collecting and analyzing spatial data on the state of forests» and demonstrated information system prototype developed by LITSAM specialists for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border area.

Innoforestview online meeting 2020

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On September 22, 2020, a working meeting on the «Innoforestview – Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the crossborder region forests» project was held online. All Innoforestview partners presented the current results of their activities on the project.

LITSAM representatives reported on the current research results within the work packages “Satellite data thematic processing and interpretation” and “Innovative Information system implementation” – the results of processing Earth observation data from European and Russian satellites with the use of field observation data and demonstrated the current information system prototype for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border area.

Innoforestview webinars

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On July 28, 2020, a webinar «Use of Earth observation technologies for the monitoring of forest state» was held in the framework of Innoforestview project. This webinar is part of a series of online events organized by Innoforestview partners with the participation of third-party forestry organizations and other interested organizations and users.

Within the webinar, LITSAM representative Victor Mochalov made a report «Application of remote sensing methods for analysis of forest fires negative impact and monitoring of deforestation».

The event was also attended by Global Change Research Institute (CzechGlobe) researcher Olga Brovkina who presented a report “Application of aerial observation materials for forest parameters assessment”.

SPIIRAS was renamed to SPC RAS

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From 17.07.2020, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS) was renamed to St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPC RAS).

Conference «Digital technologies in the forestry» 2020

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On March 26, 2020, All-Russian Scientific and Technical Conference “Digital Technologies in the Foresty” was held at the St. Petersburg State Forestry University.

The main topics of the conference in 2020 were the following: “Geoinformation technologies and remote sensing methods in forestry”, “Infocommunication and web technologies – opportunities and prospects for application in the forestry”, “Digital technologies in landscape architecture, design, construction and production of wood products”, “Digital forest pedagogy”, round table “Main directions and tasks of digital transformation of forestry in the Russian Federation”.

The conference was attended by LITSAM representative Victor Mochalov, who presented the report:

Mochalov V.F. Initial information for processing Earth observation data // Digital technologies in the forestry. Proceedings of the All-Russian Scientific and Technical Conference. St. Petersburg State Forestry University; St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. 2020. P.108-110.

The presented research was carried out in the framework of «Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the crossborder region forests – Innoforestview» project.

Cooperation agreement with Taimyr Nature Reserves

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On March 5, 2020, SPIIRAS and federal state budgetary institution «Joint Directorate of Taimyr Nature Reserves» signed a long-term agreement on cooperation in the field of scientific and scientific-technical activities.

The agreement provides for the following:

  • organization of interaction in order to preserve biological diversity and maintain protected natural complexes and objects in a natural state;
  • organization and conduct of scientific research, including the maintenance of the Chronicle of nature;
  • environmental monitoring;
  • environmental education;
  • participation in the environmental impact assessment of economic and other facilities;
  • improvement of information and analytical support in the management of protected areas under the jurisdiction of Taimyr Nature Reserves;
  • assistance in the training of scientific personnel and specialists in the field of environmental protection.

The signing of the Agreement became possible by the successful experience of previous joint work of laboratory staff and the Taimyr Reserves, including the implementation of projects under grants from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

The signing of the agreement was attended by:

  • from Taimyr Nature Reserves – Director Prosekin K.A. and Deputy Director for Research and Environmental Education Bondar M.G.;
  • from SPIIRAS – Director Ronzhin A.L., Head of LITSAM Sokolov B.V. and LITSAM chief researcher Zelentsov V.A.

The publication includes photos from the official website of the Federal state budget institution «Joint Directorate reserves Taimyr».

BalticSatApps in Helsinki

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On December 02-03, 2019, the work meeting on BalticSatApps project was held in Helsinki (Finland).

From the Russian side, the event was attended by representatives of St. Petersburg information and analytical center and Russian-European Innovation Partnership.

During the meeting, the Russian project partners reported on the results of the activities for the working period. The main attention was paid to user-driven Copernicus interface for communication between the Copernicus program and end users which is being developed with the participation of experts from St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences. LITSAM representatives reported about the main functions of the interface and demonstrated its work online on the example of solving thematic tasks with the use of Earth observation data.

On the 2nd day of the meeting, the project partners visited European Space Week. During the General Assembly of Copernicus Networks, the BalticSatApps representative, Chief researcher of the Finnish Meteorological Institute Ali Arslan Nadir made a report about the project and its current results, including the achievements of Russian partners and the prospects of cooperation with Russian specialists.