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We collaborate in the WoodBySat project

Developed as a continuation of its previous project, WOODFOREST SATELLITE, the Technological Institute for Wood and Furniture (AIDIMME), with the support of the Generalitat Valenciana and IVACE, has developed the WoodbySat project, where it has once again counted on OFFSET TRAIL as collaborating company for the development of this new phase of the project, in which the quality of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) wood in standing trees has been evaluated using non-destructive methods and remote sensing.


The classification of Pinus halepensis wood will allow the valorization of a resource that in the Valencian Community alone occupies 72% of the wooded forest area, which represents more than half a million hectares that can be managed for timber purposes.


Wood extracted in fire prevention work next to the sampling areas.


The ability to improve the evaluation of the quality of the wood of standing trees through non-destructive methods and at increasingly larger scales thanks to the use of satellite and detailed remote sensing, will make it possible to value the large areas of forest populated by this species, favoring mass management that, through appropriate actions, would result in profitable use of the forest, in a context of booming bioeconomy based on sustainable materials, locally sourced, and with a low ecological footprint, a fact that will lead to the improvement of the health status of our forests and greater resilience to disturbances such as fires and pests.


Ultrasound measurement in standing trees located in the study plots.


Within the actions carried out in this phase of the project, OFFSET TRAIL has helped the AIDIMME technicians in the study of the masses of interest of Pinus halepensis and the obtaining of parameters and data of the standing trees, within the framework of the project work packages PT5 and PT6.


The diverse field work of this phase of the project has consisted in the identification of plots, measurement and evaluation of stands using non-destructive techniques and marking of trees for felling and sawing. At the same time, progress has been made in the processing and extraction of data from the developed algorithms.


One of the works carried out is the determination of growth through resistography. In the plots in which the studied trees have been felled, cross-section resistographies have been carried out, subsequently analyzed and compared in the laboratory. On the other hand, in those where the trees could not be felled, a pressler auger was used to extract a sample in a direction and location close to the resistography.


Thus, the execution of the WoodbySat project continues, “Development of analysis methods, non-destructive and by remote sensing, for the optimization of the exploitation and improvement of the quality of Pinus halepensis wood”, financed by the European FEDER fund through the IVACE+i, with file number IMDEEA/2023/38.


Sources: AIDIMME, Offset Trail Coop.V.

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