Useful links

Useful links

Pages in English

The FIRS Project (Forest Information from Remote Sensing) has been initiated by the Environment & GEO-Information (EGEO) Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the Commission of the European Communities. The main objective of FIRS is to contribute to the development of a unified forest information system for the entire European Continent, from the Atlantic to the Urals. Information will include both statistical and mapped data describing the sectorial (i.e. production) and environmental (i.e. ecological) characteristics of forested areas. One of the major aims of the FIRS Project is to assist in the development and implementation of methodologies for using remotely sensed data to obtain this information.

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.

CSIRO is Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products is the largest single organisation in Australia conducting research into forestry, wood and paper science. The Division has an established international reputation as a centre of excellence in forestry and forest products research, both through the quality of its science and the impact of its research on economic and environmental issues. CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products is a research institute and offers a lot of information in english about forestry and forest products. There are interesting reports about the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) for Soil and Vegetation Surveys in Forested Landscapes. In the related pages on this web you can find also 100 related links all over the world.

Forest Conservation Portal- Vast Rainforest, Forest and Biodiversity Conservation News & Information The mission of is to contribute to ending deforestation, preserving old-growth forests, conserving all forests, maintaining climatic systems and commencing the age of ecological restoration. is for educational and non-commercial use only

European Forest Institute (EFI). EFI is an international association guided by its members which form an extensive researcher network across Europe and beyond.

The IEFC ("Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée" European Institute for plantation forests) is an independent international non-governmental association established in 1998. It promotes the sustainable management of plantation forests in the South West Europe through improved cooperation in forestry research and development. It is an EFI regional center.

Launched in December 1999, Terra was activated for science operations on Feb. 24, 2000. Beta versions of its data products are now available for order from the CERES, MISR, & MODIS sensors. ASTER & MOPITT data will be made available soon. Calibration and validation activities are still underway, but the data quality from all Terra's sensors appears to be exceptional.

IATA - Istitute of Agrometeorology and Environmental Analysys for Agriculture CNR - National Research Council. Field of research: Agrometeorology, Ecophysiology, Telesurveying, Territorial information systems and Environmental Analysis.

The FAO Forestry Programme addresses one of the most important, complex and controversial issues of modern times - how to use trees, forests and related resources to improve people's economic, environmental, social and cultural conditions while ensuring that the resource is conserved to meet the needs of future generations.

fountains plc is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. Fountain Forestry Limited, Fountain Utilities Limited, Fountain Landscapes Limited and Fountain Forestry Incorporated are wholly owned subsidiaries. fountains plc provides a range of environmental support services with outsourcing and facilities management contracts throughout the United Kingdom and on the eastern seaboard of the USA. Main business stream are as follows:

  • Utility Services - Control of tree growth and clearance services for electrical utilities on a managed and one off basis. Railway line vegetation clearance work including the control of tree growth.
  • Grounds maintenance - Grass cutting and management of vegetation. Tree surgery on domestic, street and parkland sites.
  • Landscaping - Hard and soft landscaping and project management.
  • Forestry - UK & USA - The group acts for long term owners ranging from small private investors to large financial institutions. Over 400,000 acres are managed under long term contracts with additional areas under short term arrangements. One off planting and woodland operations are also undertaken.

Pages in Norwegian

NIJOS - Norsk institutt for jord- og skogkartlegging collects information about soil-, forest, field- and landscape resources. NIJOS integrates the data collected and produces maps and statistics. The information is mainly used by municipality, county and national administrations for land use planning.

Pages in Swedish

Satellus is one of the leading European suppliers of geographical and environmental information and services from Earth remote sensing satellites. As part of the Swedish Space Corporation Group (SSC), it is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary, high-technology organisation at the leading edge of European industry. Sweden and the SSC have a high profile within European remote sensing, which includes part ownership of the SPOT program, and a major role in the remote sensing operations of the European Space Agency.

Satellus offers monitoring services to Swedish forest owners. This server has also some generic pages in English.