MörGIS system, Finland
MörGIS system, Finland is a business critical and central tool for OTSO forest services, a private Finnish company operating and servicing to forest land owners, municipalities and other private or governmental authorities. It is used daily by around 400 users to manage over ten business processes and the majority of these are automated in the GIS system to cover all forest management activities to help to serve their customers in an efficient and modern way. The GIS system is fully autonomous and hence it can be carried along by the user (an OTSO expert) to do field work on-site.
Silvia, Finland is a central GIS system for Metsähallitus for forestry and silvicultural operations, e.g. logging and forest road network maintenance planning. Metsähallitus manages commercial forests as multiple-use forests in which special emphasis is put on recreational use parallel to timber production.
Vesinetti is an online platform, where research and monitoring information on lakes, rivers and coastal areas is exchanged between officials and water management networks of actors. Uploaded data can be used to generate HTML pages with the option to share a link, therefore enabling the use of the service for the general public interested about the topic. The project, which is implemented within the framework of the EU LIFE program, is based on extensive cooperation. More than 70 scientists and experts as well as local operators have been participating in the cooperation under the guidance of the Finnish Environment Institute.
PaikkaOppi is a web-based learning environment designed to support geography, geographic information and environmental research education at primary and secondary schools. This learning environment offers diverse tools, data and tasks for teaching the basics of geographic information and studying environment (vicinity) by utilizing GIS methodology. The system allows pupils to acquire geographic information layers from different sources over standard interfaces and to prepare statistical and thematic maps. Besides pupils can digitize and add some their own objects, attachments and comments into the database; share the contents for wider audience; and to publish prepared work books.
Safety Case for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel at Olkiluoto, Finland
The toolbox named Untamo Tools, implements models for predicting likely outcomes of processes that drive changes in categories such as terrain, surface and underground water bodies, sedimentation, vegetation, and human habitats, to name a few. Multiple scenarios can be defined to address uncertainties in long term development paths, such as changes in climate or human impact on the biosphere. Together, full automation and reliable auditing are the keys to carrying out assessment simulations successfully, traceably, and in a quality-controlled manner.
Metsäsoppi is the web service enables managing forest management plans of UPM’s contract customers. The service platform contains various geographic information layers, interfaces to UPM’s forest information system and diverse reporting features, which allows presenting information about forests and service use statistics. The user can automatically print out forest management plans including thematic maps in pdf-format from the selected forest properties and stands. It is possible to make notes for forest taxation and print out tax return forms filled by the system, which allows electronic submission of the forest tax clearance with Tupas- and Katso-identification directly to the tax authority system in Finland.
Assistance for the forest preservation programme, Ghana
Arbonaut developed forest inventory methodology for the Forest Preservation Programme in Ghana. The Forest Preservation Programme funded by the Japanese Government, receiving technical assistance from Pasco Corporation and coordinated by the Forestry Commission of Ghana focused on land use and forest resource baseline mapping, GIS-based forest inventory system development, carbon stock assessment and capacity-building. The LAMP approach was applied to estimate carbon from all the five carbon pools following the IPCC guidelines. These carbon pools include aboveground, belowground, deadwood, litter and soil, over a sub-national pilot area of 1.7 million hectares. ArboWebForest serves as one module of the inventory system. The assessment provides emission factors by forest types and the results have already contributed to the most recent Global Forest Resource Assessment (FRA 2015) and development of the forest reference emission levels of Ghana.
BEST - Sustainable bioenergy solutions for tomorrow, India
fund from TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) Arbonaut developed a waste biomass potential map for the selected states based on state-level land use map for 5 land use types and quantified uncertainty in relation to spatial distribution. There was also a developed more detailed land use classification for six smaller pilot areas where the best available land use methodologies were studied and developed. The selected states were Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The total pilot area was larger than 730 000 km².
Piloting REDD+ Monitoring and Non-Wood Forest Product Value Chains to Mitigate Green House Gas Emissions in the Rural Communities of Bandafassi, Senegal
The project, funded by Nordic Development Fund trough the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) aims to support local entrepreneurship and reduce deforestation by introducing Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) as an alternative for agricultural production as the main livelihood in the rural community of Bandafassi. The underlying objective is to limit the impact of degradation factors on Niokolo Koba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ensure the regulation of the flows of major rivers Niger, Senegal and Gambia. Bandafassi consists of 33 villages and 2,300 households. A REDD+ MRV methodology and system is developed and piloted.
Biomass Monitoring And Harvest Planning System For Sustainable Supply Of Renewable Energy, Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (EEP), Mekong, Cambodia.
Technologies introduced in the EEP project is comprised of efficient charcoal kilns and assessment of the annual allowable biomass harvest integrating low cost, readily available mobile data collection and modern cloud computing tools. Both technologies actively engage the communities– with community-based forest monitoring and community-managed charcoal production centres– and also technology transfer to MIME and the Forestry Administration (FA), so new solutions can be easily and directly replicated to other forest management agents and charcoal producing communities outside the project communities.
FORMIS Mobile Solution for Forest Inventory Data Entry
Vietnam, Directorate of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Fund from Ministry of foreign Affairs, Finland. FORMIS supports MARD in sector-wide forest governance and management through developing a modern information system from central to local level, in order to provide accurate information for decision making for forestry sector at all levels. The project works at national level and in three target provinces: Thanh Hoá, Thua Thiên Hué, and Quang Ninh.
Training on GIS and remote sensing applications with integrated LiDAR data and ground based inventories for forest biomass mapping, Tanzania
The 2-week training was conducted together with local trainers at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) premises in Morogoro, with the support of Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (NORAD). Arbonaut delivered lectures, demonstrations and practicals by three instructors about processing and integrating LiDAR data for forest biomass assessment following the ArboLiDAR process.
LiDAR-Assisted Multisource Programme (LAMP) services for TERAI ARC LANDSCAPE, Nepal
The target of this project was to produce a high-resolution (LiDAR) based carbon stock map for 2.3 million ha landscape and establish a reference scenario for sub national forest carbon project development. Arbonaut was managing LiDAR data acquisition, sampling design and calculating carbon stock for above and below ground biomass. The success of this project allowed Nepal to access to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.
Consultancy on national carbon monitoring center, Tanzania
The consultancy contract between Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and Arbonaut was made concerning consultancy on National Carbon Monitoring Centre in Tanzania. A team of 7 consultants was assigned to review existing initiatives, to carry out stakeholder consultation and to prepare a Programme Document for the establishment of a National Carbon Monitoring Centre for Tanzania.
Consultancy on forest resource assessment project, Nepal
Arbonaut has provided consultancy to support Indufor Ltd in the framework of the FRA Nepal Project. Assignments included several services regarding the development of a LiDAR Team, planning and organising research activities and pilot studies to develop new methodologies and also supervision and participation in processing, interpreting and use of Airborne Laser Scanning Data and provide training.
Study of causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Arbonaut has working in an international consortium targeting the identification and prioritization of strategic options to address the causes of deforestation and forest degradation. Assessment of magnitude and impact of identified underlying causes and drivers of deforestation in the four regions of interest, Spatial analysis of the LULC, -Assessment of the potential for increased carbon removal through reforestation and afforestation of previously degraded lands, Future scenarios and strategic options to address the identified present and future causes of deforestation and forest degradation and for increased carbon removals Roadmap for the finalization of the national REDD+ Strategy and Synthesis of the project.
LiDAR based forest inventories adaptation, Russia
Arbonaut in collaboration with Perm State University and Center for Space Technologies has working in the adaptation of LiDAR based forest inventory methods to fit the requirement of Russian legislation and needs of industry. Further Russian partners will conduct forest inventories using ArboLiDAR tools with the support of Arbonaut specialists.
LiDAR based forest inventories for Swedish industry, Sweden
Arbonaut has worked as subcontractor for COWI to produce forest inventories for largest pulp and paper companies in Sweden. COWI’s trained inventory team is using ArboLiDAR tools to provide their customers with high quality inventories with the help of Arbonaut’s user support.
LiDAR based forest inventories for Finnish forest sector, Finland
Arbonaut have conducted successfully management level forest inventories covering more than 5 million hectares in Finland for the needs of public and private institutions including Finnish Forest Center, Metsähallitus, UPM and Tornator. Assignments included field data sample design and collection, automatic stand delineation and estimation of forest attributes on stand and grid level based on lidar data and aerial imagery.
Jahtipaikat – GIS for hunters and game management, Finland
Jahtipaikat – hunting places in Finnish – is a pay webservice Including online store, which is implemented for Metsämonex Oy. With the service hunting clubs can manage their members' data, save and edit hunting leases as a hunting form for each property as well as print out the necessary maps and reports. The purpose of the service is to support the club secretary in office, yacht master planning and hunters during a hunt.
The user can keep the due date of a book by adding and editing items such as hunting stand locations, meeting points or even game cameras location. There are mobile-optimized version, which can take advantage of GPS to follow the hunt.
Asta is an survey software designed in collaboration with Metsähallitus – Finnish Forest and Park Services to conduct and analyze extensive survey on satisfaction of National Parks visitors, study interaction between Metsähallitus and services providers around national parks.
Preparation of REDD+ Strategy, Uganda
Arbonaut, together with the IUCN-Uganda, contributed to Uganda’s REDD+ Readiness Process by developing the Uganda’s National REDD+ Strategy for REDD+ Implementation. Arbonaut also developed the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for Uganda’s National REDD+ Program.
During the project, potential strategic options were identified and assessed to meet the international guidance and national safeguards. The assessment was compiled into a REDD+ Strategy Options Paper, which was utilized for full and effective consultation and for the preparation of the REDD+ Strategy and a Costed Action Plan. The Strategy was launched in November 2017 during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.