New possibilities for the Collection of in-situ Data for Forestry Applications Using the Example of the Tothehofsmühle Forest District in the Free State of Thuringia
The research and development project "New possibilities for collecting in-situ data for forestry applications at the example of the Rothehofsmühle forest district in the Free State of Thuringia" is a cooperation project between the Citizen Science Group at the DLR Institute for Data Science Jena and the Chair of Remote Sensing at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The work is embedded in the research work of both partners. The starting point of this sub-project is the work at the Remote Sensing Chair. This includes the investigation of microwave radiation emitted towards and received from forested areas by space-borne active microwave sensors. This research will contribute to the improvement of existing and the design of new radar backscatter models to determine the forest cover and above-ground biomass from active Earth observation data, such as SAR and LiDAR. In this specific case, the focus will be on monitoring the vegetation of the forest floor over the course of the phenological cycle. The collection of such so-called in-situ data has traditionally been carried out by staff and students of the Chair of Remote Sensing. This is a very time-consuming process. In order to expand the data and knowledge base, the project will examine the possibilities of citizen science. This includes investigating suitable database structures and web services (e.g. SQLlite database and OGC-defined SOS service), supporting DLR in the development of suitable software (apps) for mobile devices for data recording by testing various versions of the software in practical use, and clarifying the legal framework conditions of citizen science projects against the background of general questions of data protection and the protection of general personal rights, as they defined by the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which has been in force since May 2018.
Project runtime: 2018 - 2021
Spokeperson: Dr. Friederike Klan