GMATICS SRL (IT)
The MAFIS project will develop and demonstrate at pre-operational level a service aimed at providing consistent and statistically reliable information on forests, by combining multi-spectral satellite data and SAR data, to monitor natural and planted forests growth and forest losses due to human activities or to natural phenomena.
The project will develop a specific methodology and will use Artificial Intelligence to routinely produce, at affordable customer price, high accuracy information consistent at local and supranational level. The resulting MAFIS service will provide information useful to different end-users both in the public domain (European, national and local level) and in the industrial domain (forest owners/producers, forestry companies and wood-forestry value chain).
The project will develop Artificial Intelligence algorithms (Neural Networks, Random Forest and Expert Systems) to speed-up data analysis and information extraction and will implement a software procedure suitable to run on a cloud infrastructure.
The MAFIS service will be accessible through a delivery platform already developed by GMATICS that will be adapted to enable effective visualization of the forest related information for different users.
The achievement of the project objectives will be demonstrated over two test areas in Italy through comparison of the results obtained from the MAFIS methodology and software procedure with in-situ survey data.
The scalability of the software procedure will be demonstrated through testing it on the ONDA DIAS over two large areas, one in Italy and one in another country, to be selected on the basis of interest obtained from the communication and promotion activities. The usefulness of the information content provided by MAFIS will be validated by the participation of the end-user partners in the analysis of the project results.