ForestSAT2014 presentations are on line

LOGO_forestSAT_4_5 (1)Through the on line Open Conference System (OCS) all the presentations accepted for ForestSAT2014 oral or poster sessions are publicly available on line (so you don’t need to log in and all scientists or students can access to these contributions even if they will not participate to ForestSAT2014).
Presentations are stored with rooms and time blocks associated already. The links associated to each contribution provide access to the abstracts, and on line tools are available to print, download citations, write to authors,and for many more features. Start to surf in the presentations from the links at the bottom of the OCS ForestSAT2014 home page at and publicize it as much as possible.

Those contributions which are not yet available on line as “presentations” are still “in review” because none of the authors completed the registration process yet (including fees payment). These authors have to log in OCS, then clicking on the contribution they can check the “track” status to understand to which session they have been associated. Currently we have 94 presentations and 266 contributions still in review.

As soon as the registration is completed (this takes some days after the author completed the on line process due to bank time) the contribution is automatically promoted to the “presentation” status and is published on line. So if you want to start sharing your abstract on line, register as soon as possible from here!

I hope you will enjoy the system!

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ForestSAT2014 detailed programme and extended deadline for early registration

Here the first version of the ForestSAT2014 detailed programme!


Description of oral sessions:

BGC Using biogeochemical-mechanistic models to assess the ecosystem fluxes (Hubert Hasenauer, BOKU, Austria)
BIODIVERSITY Biodiversity mapping and modelling using remote sensing data (Ross Hill, Bournemouth University, UK)
BIOMASS&CARBON Biomass and carbon spatial estimation
DEFORESTATION Tropical deforestation and logging monitoring
DISTURBANCES Monitoring forest disturbances (Mathias Schardt, Joanneum Research, Austria)
FIRE-RISK Fire risk assessment
FLUXES Investigating forest fluxes with moderate resolution imagery
FOREST MANAGEMENT Earth Observation for operational support to forest management and decision makers
FOREST MAPPING Forest cover and forest type mapping
FUSION Data fusion from multiple platforms
HEALTH Tree health and forest decline (Juan Suàrez, Northern Research Station, Forest Research, UK)
HYPER Hyperspectral Earth Observation
LEAF Upscaling studies from leaf to Earth Observation
LiDAR Use of LiDAR for change estimation (Erik Naesset, Norvegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)
MULTI-IMAGE Image compositing and temporal analysis (Joanne White, Pacific Forestry Centre, Forest Inventory and Analysis, Canada)
NFI Supporting and improving NFIs
NON-ALS HEIGHT Investigating 3D forest properties from non-ALS data
PHENOLOGY Vegetation monitoring and phenology
PLANTATIONS Monitoring forest plantations with different tools
POST-FIRE Monitoring burnt areas and fire effects
PROJECTS Pan-European services and research projects
PROX Proximal sensing
REDD/FLEGT REDD / FLEGT (Michael Koehl, Hamburg University, Germany)
SAR Forest monitoring by using high resolution SAR images (Simonetta Paloscia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)
SINGLE TREE Single tree level applications of ALS
SPATIAL Spatially estimating forest variables I Lars Waser (WSL, Switzerland)
STAT Statistical Issues (Piermaria Corona, University of Tuscia & Lorenzo Fattorini University of Siena, Italy)
STRUCTURE Assessing forest structure
TEMPORAL TRENDS Monitoring temporal trends
TLS Terrestrial Laser Scanning
TRAJ Trajectory methods (Warren Cohen & Sean Healey, Oregon State University, USA)
TROP BIO Tropical forest monitoring for biological and functional diversity
NOVEL Use of ALS for estimating unusual forest variables
VALIDATION Validating ALS surveys
WILD Earth observation for habitat modeling and wildlife monitoring
OBIA Object-based image analysis (Frieke Van Coillie, Ghent University, Belgium)
LARGE-SCALE Large scale investigations

To check to which session your contribution is associated use the OCS system at, after log in, click on your contribution and check the TRACK status. The word “track” in OCS is a synonymous of “session”!

Setting up the sessions we tried to follow as much as possible your recommendations but you can easily understand it is impossible to follow all of them! So if you are not satisfied write directly to the conference director at specifying your reasons and suggesting possible program modifications. And we will do our best to find a solution. Please remember that the classification in oral/poster is very frequently not related to the quality of the contribution!

Since we are a bit late with this programme release we decided to postpone the early registration deadline to the 22nd of July.

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Sessions set up

keep the gearsOral and poster sessions are currently under preparation.
Due to the very large number of (excellent) abstracts received so far this process is taking a bit more time than what we expected.

The process is the following.

A – All the contributions submitted are peer-reviewed. Authors are immediately notified about acceptance or rejection.

B – The contributions submitted for poster sessions are usually accepted as they are.

C – The 13 invited sessions with 5 papers for each session are set up. This task is under responsibility of sessions chairmen. Since in most of the cases more than 5 contributions were submitted for each session the contributions excluded are proposed for poster or oral sessions.

D – The papers submitted for oral sessions are clustered to create homogeneous thematic sessions. For the moment 20 oral sessions are under preparation, with 6 contributions for each session. The total number of sessions could be eventually higher.

E – The first draft version of the detailed program is published, comments from authors are received (for example requests to move one contribution from one session to an other) and used (as far as possible) to amend the program.

F – The final detailed program is released with rooms allocation and timing details.

The process is under responsibility of the Steering Committee, also on the basis of the input from the Scientific Committee.

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Submission status: a new record!

thank youDear Colleagues, we would like to thank all the 373 Authors who contributed in reaching a total of 354 abstracts received up to now.
The highest number of abstracts in the ForestSAT conferences series!

The hard work for the definition of the conference oral and poster sessions already started. If you think some of your contributions you submitted as oral may be considered as a poster instead, please log in and modify the metadata of your submission. If you need instructions on this, just visit the FAQ page.

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How to edit an abstract already submitted to ForestSAT2014

Several ForestSAT2014 users asked a support on how to modify abstracts already submitted. Here below the instructions. 

The Open Conference System we are using to manage the abstracts can be used to modify your submission. Just log-in -> click on the title of the abstract you want to modify -> click on “EDIT METADATA” -> change the information you want to modify -> click on “Save Metadata” before log-out.
Please ABSOLUTELY avoid the multiple submission of the same abstract in different versions.

Please note that you cannot erase or cancel a submission. If you need to do so just send an email to specifying the #ID of the abstract you want to erase.

This information is also available in the FAQ section.

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Abstract submission deadline postponed

The deadline for submitting an abstract to ForestSAT2014 is now postponed to Friday the 9th of May!!


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ForestSAT2014 Third Call-for-Papers: last two weeks to submit!

Third Call-for-papers


ForestSAT 2014 is the 6th in a series of international conferences promoting scientifically based understanding of how spatial analysis technologies can help describe and monitor forested systems. ForestSAT 2014 will be held in the conference center located in the picturesque town of Riva del Garda on the north shore of Lake Garda, in the north east of Italy. Previous conferences were held in USA (2012), Spain (2010), France (2007), Sweden (2005), and Scotland (2002). Delegates typically represent research organizations, universities, agencies, and the private sector.

Overview & Themes

ForestSAT 2014 conference is aimed at promoting the integration of earth observation with other geo-spatial applications and traditional forest sciences. The conference covers all possible scientifically-based developments and applications of remote sensing and GIS tools for monitoring, mapping or modeling forest systems. Aiding a better understanding of their functioning, and supporting their inventory and sustainable management. Conference themes will include:
– Forest mapping and inventory
– Ecosystem modelling
– Proximal sensing
– Forest management and policy
– Unmanned aerial vehicle
– Data processing techniques
– Education

Abstract Submission

Deadline for the submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentations is 30 April 2014. Authors will be informed of acceptance as soon as possible and not later than the 30th of June 2014. Online submission details can be found at  the website:
An extended abstract (max 1000 words) is required for each paper submission
A maximum of two abstract submissions per person; a single presenter is allowed to present a maximum of two papers.
Authors will be given the opportunity to have their paper(s) considered for a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

For more information

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ForestSAT2014 courses

laptopForestSAT2014 is glad to host several courses related to the applied use of remote sensing in forestry.
Classrooms are organized inside the conference building and are finalized to work on real data. For this reason participants need to bring their own laptops.

The number of seats is limited to 50 people, first-registered first-served basis so speed up and register now to do not miss this opportunity!

Two courses for the moment are organized, both 4 hours long:

1 – Hands-on LiDAR processing course: participants will work with Dr. Martin Isenburg, developer of LAStools and founder of rapidlasso GmbH, covering an end-to-end pipeline of processing raw LiDAR into raster and vector derivatives. MORE INFO.

2 – Remote sensing imagery for forest applications using free and open source software (FOSS): participants will be guided by Dr. Daniel McInerney and Dr. Pieter Kempeneers in the use of GDAL/OGR command line utilities together with pktools and Orfeo Toolbox  for forest related applied data processing. MORE INFO.


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Social dinner

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When you register at ForestSAT2014 do not miss to include the reservation for the social dinner!

It will be organized in the Casino of Riva del Garda, 4 kilometers from the conference venue.

The price include a shuttle service.

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ForestSAT2014: Second Call for Papers

The second ForestSAT2014 call for papers is now available HERE.

Now we added more detailed information regarding fees (including the costs for social dinner and excursions).

We are also proud to announce a 4-hours LiDAR hands-on course with Martin Isenburg!   LOGO_forestSAT_4_5 (1)

Please remember to submit your abstracts though the on-line system available HERE.

The on-line system for registration is available HERE while accommodations are available HERE.

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