Automatization of forest ecosystems sustainability estimation based on complex modelling and Earth observation data


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.

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Conference at Space Research Institute of the RAS


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.

InnoForestView project meeting in Finland


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.

Young Scientists Conference in Crete


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”.

InnoForestView Kick-off Meeting


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.

International cooperation is expanding


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).