The third project activity is to analyse the feasibility of using innovative techniques, such as satellite pictures in comparison with aerial photography, in order to update natural habitats and biodiversity data at both regional and cross border levels. The aim is to implement a long term and cost effective system to monitor changes in extent of natural habitats.
This activity is composed of 6 phases:
- The needs analysis for monitoring the evolution of natural habitats - Report on Mission 1 here
- Inventory of significant experiences in Europe with regards to the use of remote sensing for monitoring biodiversity - Report on Mission 2 here
- Inventory of remote sensing technologies and related services applicable to the ARCH Project - Report on Mission 3 here
- Sampling of pertinent technologies and related services - Report on Mission 4
- Update mappping scenarios - Report on Mission 5 here
- Experimentation on test areas and recommendations - Report on Mission 6
The results of this study were presented during the conference in Lille on 18th October 2012 organised in collaboration with Eurisy. The conclusions and recommendations resulting from this conference suggest several ways to facilitate the access of local authorities to the data and satellite services.
With this study, the Kent and Nord-Pas de Calais regions want to anticipate the needs for the natural habitats map update. It will help to clarify the technical and financial choices that the two regions will have to make in the next few years, not only to update the data but also to monitor thei natural habitats evolution within a context of fast urbanisation and multiple pressures on the natural environments.