Satelligence in Kuala Lumpur: presenting the deforestation alert system

This week Satelligence colleagues Jet and Michel are joining the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) in Kuala Lumpur to present the conference paper on our prioritized deforestation alerts system. They discussed the methodology behind the prioritization and showed how the system works in Sabah (Malaysia).

The State Government of Sabah aims to have all oil palm plantations RSPO certified by 2025. Great news! But how to comply with all forest protection requirements? There are vast amounts of satellite data that help monitor land use changes, but really how to know which changes matter most in such complex landscapes? That’s where Satelligence comes in.

For the paper, four river basins in Sabah with a total area of around 23 000 km2 (roughly a third of total area of Sabah) were used to demonstrate the system. We show that with the use of radar satellites, the effects of cloud and haze cover are mitigated and real-time deforestation alerts are created. Satelligence prioritizes these alerts to provide a clean and simple overview of the highest risk areas that matter most.

Additional advantages of using this method are:

  • The prioritization is designed to be applied on large areas for the monitoring & intervention of deforestation all around the world;

  • Besides detecting deforestation, the system can also be used for the monitoring of plantation performance, expansion and tree age;

  • The system can be used for a full fledged integrated vulnerability map.

Satelligence has long been working together with the palm oil sector, governments and NGOs to make sure the decision makers get relevant information, know what to act on instantly and respond proactively.

For more information about our prioritized deforestation alerts system, contact us!

Loes Masselink