A rapid assessment using remote sensing of windblow damage in Irish forests following Storm Darwin.

  • Daniel McInerney Coillte Forest Resource Planning, Castletroy, Limerick.
  • Frank Barrett Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford.
  • John Landy Coillte Forest Resource Planning, Castletroy, Limerick.
  • Myles McDonagh Sylvalytics Limited, Ross House, Merchants Road, Galway.
Keywords: Wind damage, optical remote sensing, vegetation indices.

Abstract

A National Windblow Task Force was set up following the catastrophic windstorm in February 2014. Part of the Task Force’s work was to conduct a rapid assessment of wind damage to Irish forests across the Estate (both public and private). The RapidEye satellite constellation was chosen for the acquisition of post-storm image data as it was the most cost effective and flexible data source to map the spatial extent of the wind damage in Irish forests (both public and private). The satellite image data were analysed using a supervised classification. Vegetation indices and textural features were used to assist in the classification. The digital wind damage map generated by the consortium, demonstrated the effective use of remote-sensing for the collection of windstorm forest damage data in Ireland. Within 8 weeks of data delivery, the consortium concluded that at that time, over 8,000 ha of forests were damaged by the storm, approximately 6,000 ha of state forests managed by Coillte Teoranta and a further 2,000 ha forest held in private ownership.
Published
2016-11-01
How to Cite
McInerney, D., Barrett, F., Landy, J., & McDonagh, M. (2016). A rapid assessment using remote sensing of windblow damage in Irish forests following Storm Darwin. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/10850
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