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Innoforestview

Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the crossborder region forests

Project objective:

To create and integrate Finnish and Russian unified innovation information system for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border area.

Main objectives:

  • To create innovative means and tools to ensure the environmental stability.
  • To implement best practices exchange and joint activities of Finish-Russian specialists using advanced information technologies, Earth Observation data (including COPERNICUS data and etc.) to reduce emergency situation impact.
  • To raise public awareness about state of the forest and environment security.

The project is a part of South-East Finland – Russia Cross-Border Cooperation 2014-2020 programme.

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Duration:

24 months (01.03.2019-28.02.2021)

Project customer:

The project is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

Project implementers:

Lead Partner:

St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre

Project partners:

Project head in SPIIRAS:

Chief Researcher, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Viacheslav Zelentsov

Project news

The final conference on the Innoforestview project was held on May 28, 2021.

The event was attended by Russian and Finnish project partners, representatives of the Committee for External Relations and the Committee for Informatization and Communications of St. Petersburg and Cross-Border Cooperation Program «South-East Finland Russia» 2014-2020, organizations in the field of forestry, ecology and nature management, etc.

LITSAM representatives made a report on the results of Earth observation data processing for analysis of negative impact on forests and development of unified innovation information system for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border areas.

The main attention was paid to the system developed by LITSAM specialists and containing the results of project implementation – its work was  demonstrated to the conference participants.

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In the framework of InnoForestView project LITSAM specialists completed the development of a pilot version of an information system for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border area.

The information system is open and can be accessed by following the link or using a QR code:

The system provides users with the ability to quickly view data on the state of forests, analyze the dynamics of its changes, and is also equipped with simple tools for loading new data necessary for solving specific problems.

Currently, the system is being filled with spatial data, including those obtained by the Russian and Finnish partners of the Innoforestview project.

We invite all interested users to register in the system and test its work!

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A new issue of the scientific journal “Informatization and Communication” has been published recently. It includes thematic section “Information Technologies for Analysis of Forest Ecosystems in the InnoForestView Project“, for which LITSAM specialists prepared a whole series of scientific articles:

  • Grigoreva O.Y., Markov A.Y., Saidov A.G. Service for determining forest taxational indicators based on automated processing of multispectral remote sensing data // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 158-162. DOI: 10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-158-162
  • Zelentsov V.A., Semenov A.E. Principles of information systems design for creation of thematic services based on integrated use of ground-aerospace data and modeling results // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 163-168. DOI: 10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-163-168.
  • Mochalov V.F. Assessment of vegetation state based on modified fuzzy algorithm // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 169-174. DOI: 10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-169-174
  • Zelentsov V.A., Ponomarenko M.R., Pimanov I.Yu. Thematic services for analysis of forests using earth observation data // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 175-181. DOI: 10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-175-181. DOI: 10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-175-181
  • Potryasaev S.A., Pimanov I.Yu. Managing information processes in systems for modeling natural objects // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 182-187. DOI: 10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-182-187
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On November 16-20, 2020, the 18th All-Russian Open Conference «Modern issues of remote sensing from space» was held at Space Research Institute of the RAS (Moscow).

At the section “Remote sensing of vegetation and soil cover”, LITSAM representative Victor Mochalov made a report on the topic:

The results of assessing forest fires negative impact in the Leningrad region based on the processing of multispectral remote sensing data (Authors: Mochalov V.F., Ponomarenko M.R., Pimanov I.Yu., Alekseev A.S.).

The research is carried out jointly with specialists from St. Petersburg State Forestry University with financial support of the international project KS1309 “InnoForestView” and includes current results of the project implementation.

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On October 20-21, 2020, International scientific conference “Earth and Space” commemorating the birth centenary of Professor Kirill Ya. Kondratyev took place in St. Petersburg.

The conference was organized by St. Petersburg Scientific Research Centre for Ecological Safety of the RAS (division of St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the RAS), St. Petersburg Research Center of the RAS and Scientific Foundation “Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre”.

On section “Research of the Earth from Space” LITSAM chief researcher Viacheslav Zelentsov presented a report:

Information technology and a system for the implementation of interdisciplinary projects and the creation of thematic services using Earth remote sensing data (Authors: Zelentsov V.A., Pimanov I.Yu., Ponomarenko M.R., Potriasaev S.A., Semenov A.E.).

The report included description of an architecture and examples of information technologies and systems implementation for automating interdisciplinary projects accomplishment and creating thematic services that require use of Earth remote sensing data. The research is partially supported by “Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the crossborder region forests (KS1309 InnoForestView)”.

Conference paper is published in electronic proceedings.

Photos are taken from conference official website.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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InnoForestView project which is being implemented in cooperation with St. Petersburg Information and Analytical CentreSt. Petersburg State Forest Technical University and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)  is now available in social networks:

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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.

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Innoforestview project meeting in Helsinki

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On November 11-15, 2019, the 17th All-Russian Open Conference «Modern issues of remote sensing from space» was held at Space Research Institute of the RAS (Moscow).

At the section “Remote sensing of vegetation and soil cover: monitoring of forest ecosystems”, LITSAM representative Victor Mochalov made a report on the topic:

Estimation of anthropogenic impact on forests in border regions based on multi- and hyperspectral Earth observation data processing” (Authors: Mochalov V.F., Grigorieva O.V., Zelentsov V.A., Potriasaev S.A., Alekseev A.S., Huitu H.).

The research is carried out jointly with specialists from St. Petersburg State Forestry University and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) with financial support of the international project KS1309 “InnoForestView” and includes current results of the project implementation.

Conference paper is published in electronic proceedings.

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On August 27-28, 2019, InnoForestView project meeting was held in Punkaharju (Finland).

The meeting was attended by all project partners – representatives of  St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and SPIIRAS. During the meeting, partners presented the current results of project activities.

LITSAM Chief researcher Viacheslav Zelentsov summarized SPIIRAS progress within the first 5 months of project implementation. Maria Ponomarenko made a detailed report on performed activities according to the 2 main SPIIRAS working packages: «Satellite data thematic processing and interpretation» and «Innovative Information system implementation». Leading Programmer Victor Mochalov pointed out the importance of taking into account the formulated input data requirements for further efficient analysis of data from different sources. Senior Researcher Semyon Potryasaev presented main features of an information system prototype to be developed by SPIIRAS and the experience in intelligent information technologies development and application for solving practical tasks in different thematic areas.

In addition, participants visited Luke’s field trial locations and were introduced to methodologies and drone technology used in the project research.

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On June 24-28, 2019, 8th International Young Scientists Conference in Computational Science was held at the University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece). One of the organizers of the event was Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University).

At the conference, LITSAM junior researcher Alexander Semenov presented a report:
Semenov A., Zelentsov V., Pimanov I. Application Suggesting Attractive Walking Routes for Pedestrians Using an Example of Saint-Petersburg City // Procedia Computer Science. Volume 156, 2019, pp 319-326. DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2019.08.208

The research is partially supported by the state research 0073-2019-0004 and KS1309 “InnoForestView”.

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On April 16, 2019, the kick-off meeting of international project «Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the cross-border region forests (InnoForestView)» took place in St. Petersburg.

The project is aimed at creating and integrating Finnish and Russian unified innovation information system for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border area.

The project partners are the following: St. Petersburg information and analytical center, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of RAS and St. Petersburg Forest technical University.

Firstly, the head of the Department of infrastructure technologies and integration systems development (Committee on IT and Communications) Andrey Kashin made a welcoming speech.

Then the partners reported on the activities of their organizations and their role in project implementation.

LITSAM chief researcher Zelentsov Viacheslav made a report about the general concept and key features of the information system that will be developed within the project, as well as SPIIRAS experience in the development and use of information technologies for monitoring natural-technical systems.

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The project InnoForestView with SPIIRAS successfully passed a tender procedure and was selected for funding by the joint managing Committee of the Programme Russia – South-East Finland.

The full name of the project is “Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the cross-border region forests”.

The project topic is closely related to the LITSAM work on creating thematic products and services based on remote sensing data as well as developing an information platform for providing these services.

The main content of the project will be the development of a unified information system for analyzing and forecasting the negative impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on forests in the border regions of Russia and Finland. It is planned to widely use remote sensing data, ground-based observations and their joint processing for solving the problems in the border areas.

The total of 51 projects were submitted for the competition and only 10 of them were selected for financing.

Together with SPIIRAS the project partners from Russia are St. Petersburg Information Analytical Centre (leading partner) and Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University. The partner from Finland is Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

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Project publications

Grigoreva O.Y., Markov A.Y., Saidov A.G. Service for determining forest taxational indicators based on automated processing of multispectral remote sensing data // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 158-162. [In Russian] https://doi.org/10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-158-162

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Mochalov V.F. Assessment of vegetation state based on modified fuzzy algorithm // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 169-174. [In Russian] https://doi.org/10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-169-174169-174

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Potryasaev S.A., Pimanov I.Yu. Managing information processes in systems for modeling natural objects // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 182-187. [In Russian] https://doi.org/10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-182-187

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Zelentsov V.A., Ponomarenko M.R., Pimanov I.Yu. Thematic services for analysis of forests using Earth observation data // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 175-181. [In Russian] https://doi.org/10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-175-181

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Zelentsov V.A., Semenov A.E. Principles of information systems design for creation of thematic services based on integrated use of ground-aerospace data and modeling results // Informatization and Communication. 2020. 5. 163-168. [In Russian] https://doi.org/10.34219/2078-8320-2020-11-5-163-168

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Mochalov V.F., Ponomarenko M.R., Pimanov I.Yu., Alekseev A.S. The results of assessing forest fires negative impact in the Leningrad region based on the processing of multispectral remote sensing data // Proceedings of 18th All-Russian Open Conference «Modern issues of remote sensing from space», Space Research Institute of the RAS, November 16-20, 2020 [In Russian].

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Zelentsov V.A., Pimanov I.Yu., Ponomarenko M.R., Potriasaev S.A., Semenov A.E. Information technology and a system for the implementation of interdisciplinary projects and the creation of thematic services using Earth remote sensing data // Proceedings of International scientific conference “Earth and Space” commemorating the birth centenary of Professor Kirill Ya. Kondratyev, October 20-21, 2020, p. 25-31. [In Russian]

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Zelentsov V., Brovkina O., Pimanov I., Potryasaev S. Automatization of forest ecosystems sustainability estimation based on complex modelling and Earth observation data // IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 507, All-Russian scientific-technical conference “Digital technologies in forest sector” 26 – 27 March 2020, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. https://doi.org/10.1088%2F1755-1315%2F507%2F1%2F012034

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Mochalov V.F., Grigorieva O.V., Zelentsov V.A., Potriasaev S.A., Alekseev A.S., Huitu H. Estimation of anthropogenic impact on forests in border regions based on multi- and hyperspectral Earth observation data processing // Proceedings of 17th All-Russian Open Conference «Modern issues of remote sensing from space», Space Research Institute of the RAS, November 11-15, 2019 [In Russian].

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Semenov A., Zelentsov V., Pimanov I. Application Suggesting Attractive Walking Routes for Pedestrians Using an Example of Saint-Petersburg City // Procedia Computer Science, Volume 156, 2019, pp. 319-326. DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2019.08.208

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