DEFRA use satellite technology to monitor disease in key species
DEFRA use satellite technology to monitor disease in key species throughout England
October 03, 2019 -- DEFRA (the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) has begun a nationwide project with geospatial data analytics company, Rezatec, to map the key species of ash and oak and monitor for diseases such as ash dieback.
The project covering over 130,000 sq. km will identify and monitor oak and ash trees, looking specifically at any change in health. Initially this will identify the species and map them, with then a disturbance layer to be added that provides the government with details of the change in health status of the identified trees up to the most recent complete season (2018). A successful pilot was completed in Devon, looking at the landscape in 2017. Rezatec is unique in its ability to provide these solutions to the degree of precision that DEFRA has determined necessary.
Sam Grant, Statistician, Plant Health at DEFRA comments “Following a small-scale trial Defra has asked Rezatec to identify woodland ash and oak and monitor them for disease. Using satellite data analytics allows us to optimise our resources, as well as enabling us to be more pro-active in combatting tree disease and increasing our public spend efficiency. DEFRA is pleased to be taking a lead...