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Closing event of ForseenPOMERANIA

Remote sensing is increasingly used for planning and realisation of sustainable landuse. It allows the gathering of information about vast areas in a comparatively short time, especially the biomass stored in forests. In the past three years, researchers from north-eastern Germany and north-western Poland tested and improved different remote sensing methods. The resulting information are now provided in a web-based Geoinformationsystem. The stated works within “ForseenPOMERANIA” are co-funded by the EU INTERREG Iva Program and will be finished in May 2014. On this occation, we warmly invite you to the closing event of the project on Thursday, the 8th may 2014 from 09:30 to 15:00 in the lecture hall of Eberswalde forestry state center of excellence (LFE). During this event, the essential results will be presented and put forward for discussion. We are looking forward to welcome you at Eberswalde.

Forest Biomass Conference 2013 in Mierzęcin Palace

On 7-9 September 2013 in Mierzęcin Palace (near Dobiegniew, Poland) the Forest Biomass Conference took place. The conference was organised by the Faculty of Forestry from Poznan University of Life Sciences, under umbrella of EFI and IUFRO and within the framework of the EU-cofunded project “ForseenPOMERANIA”.

Main topics of the conference were:

  • Factors influencing the biomass production
  • Methods of forest biomass estimation
  • Components of forest biomass
  • Growth modelling of trees and stands
  • Wooden biomass production on plantations
  • Biomass harvesting techniques and operations
  • Utilisation of forest biomass for energy production
  • Carbon and nutrient storage
  • Economic, ecological and political aspects of forest biomass production

The conference was attended by 80 participants from 17 countries, representing five continents. Taking into account the authors and co-authors of submitted abstracts – a total of 31 countries was represented. During two days of seminar 45 presentations were given and 11 posters displayed. The chair of the conference was prof. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki (Forest Research Institute, Poland). Especially noteworthy was high scientific level of speeches and discussion, which was often emphasized by the participants.

The key note speakers of the conference were: prof. Antti Asikainen (Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland), prof. Daniel B. Botkin (University of Miami, Department of Biology, USA), prof. Jean-Marc Guehl (French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Department of Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology, France), prof. Marco Marchetti (University of Molise, Department of BioScience and Territory, Italy) and prof. Jacek Oleksyn (Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland).

During third day of the conference a field trip was organised. Thanks to cooperation of Gryfino Forest District, participants had the opportunity to learn about forest management, nature protection and environmental education on the Beech Forest. Apart from this, all the participants were visiting the Dendrological Garden in Glinna and the reserve Crooked Forest.

Conference website: http://www.up.poznan.pl/forestbiomass/


Projekt meeting and conference "Biomass Estimation by Remote Sensing" in Eberswalde

The fifth meeting of the project "Forseen POMERANIA" took place on the 23 and 24 of April in Eberswalde. The meeting was organized by the Eberswalde forestry state center of excellence (LFE). On the first day, the project partners hosted a conference under the title "Biomass estimation by Remote Sensing" in the LFE auditorium which was open to the public. Speakers from all partner institutions presented their current activities and the first outcomes of the joint research to more than 70 participants from Poland and Germany. Prof. Birgit Kleinschmit (Technical University Berlin) and Philipp Lehman (DELPHI IMM corporation, Potsdam) gave additional talks on opportunities and trends in remote sensing and biomass modelling. In the evening, a barbecue was held at the botanical garden in Eberswalde for the project partners which was sponsored by the Brandenburg Forestry Association.

On the second day of the meeting the partners discussed the tasks and responsibilities for the remaining duration of the project. The topics that were addressed include the final project report, financial issues, joint publications, and the transfer of project outcomes to the regional stakeholders. The sixth (and last) project meeting in October 2013 will be hosted by the University of Poznań. It will take place in close connection to the international "Forest Biomass Conference". Information regarding this conference is available on the pages of Poznań University: http://www.up.poznan.pl/forestbiomass

Project partner meeting in Maciejewo

Successive, the fourth partners meeting of the project "A multi-national decision support system for forest biomass assessment based on remote sensing and modelling (ForseenPOMERANIA)" has been held within 13-14 of November 2012 in a medieval palace in Maciejewo, set in a picturesque area. The host of the meeting was the Regional Directorate of the State Forests in Szczecin.

There was a field trip through the territory of Goleniów Forest District on the first day, where participants become acquainted with forest management, including: road investments and water facilities built within the project of "Small Lowland Retention", or financed from NFOŚiGW and “Program dla Odry 2006”.

The following day started with multimedia presentations, which showed the progress of the project realization since the last partners meeting in Sparow. Afterwards,  prof. dr. Ralf Kätzel (LFE) arranged for next steps of the project realization and appointed the date of the next partners meeting in 2013.

The host of the meeting will be the lead partner - Forest Competence Centre Eberswalde (LFE).  A chairman of the project advisory group -  prof. dr. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki assessed ongoing cooperation of the project partners and its advancement very favourably.

ForseenPOMERANIA-Team participates in Eberswalde City Run

Many joint project meetings, presentations on conferences or the international scientific camp ForseenPOMERANIA have shown the good cooperation among the project partners. The Eberswalde City Run on the 2rd September 2012 provided another opportunity to tackle challenges with united efforts, but this time in the field of sports. The ForseenPOMERANIA running team consists of Dr. Annett Degenhardt, Martin Fimiarz, Michael Körner, Stefan Kärgel and Simon Klinner, all five are from the Landeskompetenzzentrum Forst Eberswalde, and  Dr. Andrzej Węgiel, Dr. Piotr. S. Mederski and Sławomir Sułkowski from the Poznań University of Life Sciences, wich specifically had come all the way from Poland. The federal forest institution Landesbetrieb Forst Brandenburg was also represented by a running team, as well as the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and the Eberswalde foundation Waldwelten.


Partners meeting in Sparow

The project partners already met for the third time from 25.04. to 26.04.2012. The venue this time was Gutshof Sparow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The meeting was organized by Ms. Stampfer, Mr. Jütte, Mr. Treuheit and Mr. Cords from the Landesforstanstalt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. After an introduction by Mr. Jütte and Mr. Kätzel (LFE) and the welcome of the members of Advisory Board the German partners presented their intermediate results.

In the afternoon a field trip took place. The District foresters of two areas (Forest District Retzow and Satow) presented the course of events and the consequences of the storm and hail that happened in June 2010. Further they discussed the following treatments of the areas and which problems they have to handle with. In parallel, the approach and results of remote sensing when analysing the damage were presented.








In the evening the partners concluded the day with a rich buffet, bowling and practices in the shooting cinema.

On Thursday the Polish partners presented the current state of work. Then the Polish and German Partners exchanged their Data and the following points of agenda were discussed:

  • Finding a date for the knowledge exchange in Poznań and Schwerin
  • Introduction of the International scientific camp for students in Drawno
  • Introduction of the International Biomass Conference in Poznań (autumn 2013)
  • Common publication of the intermediate results in e.g. AFZ der Wald and/or in a similar Polish magazine
  • Introduction of the method description with the example of applied methods for biomass estimation

Finally, every partner presented his following steps until the next meeting which will take place in November 2012 in Szczecin.

Workshop with partners at Poznań University

On the occation of first available results regarding biomass estimation, a meeting between representatives of the leadpartner LFE and the polish colleauges from Poznań University took place at the forestry campus. After a warm welcome by Dr. Mariusz Bembenek, he gave a short introduction to the traditional location. The following official reception by the Dean of the Forestry Faculty, Prof. Dr. Roman Gornowicz as well as Dr. Roman Jaszczak, Head of the Department of Forest Management, affirms good contact between the project partners.

The technical context of the meeting on 7th march 2012 was the presentation of first thematic, remote sensing-based maps showing wooden biomass in the Pomerania region. Furthermore, special emphasis was put on administrative preparations concerning the exchange of national forest inventory (NFI) data of both countries. This aim is set to be achieved during the next partners meeting in April 2012 . Exchanging experiences in analysing satellite- and laserdata has also brought mutual benefits. As one impressive highlight of the day, a newly delivered terrestrial FARO laserscanner was demonstrated. Within just a few minutes, it created a 3D RGB image of the surrounding room. It is planned to apply this technology also during the international scientific camp “ForseenPOMERANIA 2012”. Finally, it was agreed to prepare and conduct some joint workshops at the camp. At the end of the day, the meeting was reviewed very positively by both partners.

International scientific camp for students of forestry ForseenPOMERANIA 2013

Poznań University of Life Sciences would like to invite students from all over the world to participate in International scientific camp supporting completing of ForseenPOMERANIA project, supported by Interreg IVA. The camp will take place in Drawno Forest District (north-west Poland).
Aim: Participation in project: “Development of trans-border decision support system for remote and model assessment of forest dendromass in Pomerania Region”.
For who: The participants of the scientific camp can be forestry students or other faculties that are interested in research carried out in polish forests.
Range of the works: trees measurements and biomass estimation on the sample plots of Scots Pine stands (Pinus sylvestris L.) using the new technologies such as e.g. GIS, GPS measurements, terrestrial laser scanning, hemispherical photography etc. Possible tree cutting with a chain saw under instructor supervision.
The place: Drawno situated is on the Drawskie Lakeland – in the heart of Drawska Forest – the northern-west part of Poland. Geographic coordinates: 53°13'11"N, 15°45'32"E. The nearest places: Szczecin (airport) – 100 km, Poznań (airport) – 170 km, Berlin (airport) – 230 km.
Dates: there are four terms of the camp: 05-11.08.2013 (7 days), 12-18.08.2013 (7 days), 09-15.09.2013 (7 days) and 16-22.09.2013 (7 days).
Accommodation and meals: the organizers provide free accommodation and free half board which consists of breakfasts and dinners.
Costs: the participation in the camp is free, participants need to take care about the travel costs and insurance. The organizers don’t refund travel costs of participants, except provide of transportation from Poznań (upon earlier agreement).
Insurance: every participant is obliged to have valid health insurance that is valid in Poland for all stay period during the camp. The Organizers don’t refund costs of this insurance.
Attractions: evening meetings (bonfire) with participants from various countries; visiting Drawieński National Park; attractive neighborhood with beauties of polish nature: rivers, lakes and forests; canoeing; workshops (especially GIS workshops) and more.
Registration: Registration is required. Please, send the registration form using the link below by 28th of February, 2013:

Registration form

Number of participants is limited!

For more information please call to Kamil Kondracki (Mr.): +48 667 964 576 or write an e-mail on pomerania.poznan@gmail.com

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Aircraft remote sensing completed!

Forests in District Drawno have been scanned with use of cutting-edge technology: aitcraft laser scanning let to make an image of 3D forest of vast area. 3D forest model of high resolution (4-16 points per m2) was made for whole forest district. Additionally, satellite images, aerial pictures and images from thermographic camera (infrared camera) were taken. Selected forest roads were scanned with laser from a car (MMS). Most advanced technology as a system was applied succesfully in the Polish forests.

On Tuesday, 13 December 2011, in Sczecin, seminar was organised by Poznań University of Life Sciences (Faculty of Forestry) and Regional Directorate of the State Forests in Szczecin. The objective of the seminar was to discuss succesful aircraft scanning and other remote technology used in Forest District Drawno. In the seminar decission-making representatives of varius institutions took part.  Members of the State Forests, Regional Office in Szczecin, Forest Inventory, private companies dealing with teledetection and geodesy (GISPRO, TPI), scientists and project members as well as journalists actively participated in discussion about versatile use of advanced technology.

Witold Koss, Director of the Regional Directorate of the State Forests in Szczecin welcomed all participants. Efficient cooperation was in focus of Romad Gornowicz, Prof. Dr. Hab., Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, Poznań University of Life Sciences: "Achieved valuable results are possible thanks to mutual cooperation of science and practice in international environment".

After presentations concerning aircraft scanning, representative of TPI Poznań presented latest terrestrial laser scanner by FARO. GISPRO representatives characterised new solutions for mobile laser scanning (MMS).


Partners meeting in Ognica

In December 8 and 9, 2011, partners meeting took place in Ognica.

Introduction to the meeting and partners presentation was done by Sylwia Kądziela and Wojciech Gdaniec, both from Forest District Drawno. Additionally, members of Advisory Board were introduced: Prof. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedżwiecki, Dr. Hab.; Dr. Thomas König; Dr. Andrzej Jagodziński; Prof. Birgit Kleinschmit, Dr.; MSc Radomir Bałazy and Dr. Thomas Riedel. After introduction, participants from Germany and Poland presented up-dated information concerning project task completion.

In the field trip one of the sample plots was presented with detailed desctiption of methods used in the forest to carry out with data collection. Afterwards, participants visited newly equipped laboratory in Borowiec. The day was finished with further project-related discussions at the dinner in Ognica.

On Friday, 9 December 2012, project partners presented their observation releted to tasks completion. To make further work easier more information was exchanged:

  • terms and conditions, methods of data exchange between project partners,
  • biomass estimation methods with use of laser scanning,
  • firther development of the project website and server.

Eventually, the next meeting was planned, which will be organised by Landesforst Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, in April 2012.


Pomerania project at CarboForest Conterence

On 21-23 September international CarboForest conference was held in Sękocin Stary. Leading subject of conference was carbon accumulation in forest ecosystems. Main organizer of an event was Forest Research Institute from Warsaw. During the first two days of conference scientists from 20 countries presented over 50 papers. Among scientists who made presentations were: Michael Köhl from Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products in Germany, Bengt Nihlgård from Lund University in Sweden, prof. Peter B. Reich from University of Minnesota in USA and Werner A. Kurz from Canadian Forest Service. Poland was represented by prof. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki (Forest Research Institute in Warsaw), prof. Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz (Warsaw University of Life Sciences), prof. Jacek Oleksyn (Institute of Dendrology Polish Academy of Sciences in Kórnik), prof. Janusz Olejnik (Poznan University of Life Sciences), prof. Michał Zasada (Warsaw University of Life Sciences) and prof. Stanisław Małek (University of Agriculture in Krakow). At the end of conference participants could take part in two-day trip at the Bialowieza National Park.

One of main reasons, for which conference took place, was coming end of huge research project on carbon balance in Polish forests (planned end – December 2011). Prof. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki (project coordinator) and dr Paweł Strzeliński (project director) described general assumptions and initial results of project. They also presented a few brand new geomatic technologies used in other projects concerning carbon balance and biomass estimation. It was among others: GPR technologies (Ground-Penetrating Radar) used for estimation of tree roots biomass, aerial laser scanning and high-resolution airborne photography (with Thermal Infrared band). These technologies are put into practice in Drawno Forest District within project: Development of trans-border decision support system for remote and model assessment of forest dendromass in Pomerania Region.

Presentation in pdf file: http://www.carboforest.eu/presentations/PDF/15-zawi142a-niedzwiecki-strzelinski.pdf
More information: http://www.carboforest.eu

Scientific students’ camp in Drawno Forest District

As a part of the Interreg IVA project: “Development of trans-border decision support system for remote and model assessment  of forest dendromass in Pomerania Region”, in september 2011 in Drawno Forest District took place scientific students’ camp of Forestry Students Association from Faculty of Forestry in Poznań University of Life Sciences. During two weeks sixteen students had possibility to participate in scientific researches about estimating biomass of Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris L.). It has been done: measurements and classify of trees in the sample plots, assign the model trees, scan of the model trees using terrestrial laser scanner, cut down the model trees and measurements of their fractions. In the time of the camp students had opportunity to get some knowledge about using new technologies in field measurements like work with terrestrial laser scanner, robotic total station or GNNS Receiver.

We met there many guests: Dean of the Faculty of Forestry from Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, Michał Zasada; Vice-director of Institute of Dendrology, the Polish Academy of Sciences, Andrzej M. Jagodziński; Delegation from The Regional Directorate of the State Forests in Szczecin and Drawno Forest District with Włodzimierz Racławski – Forest District Manager. We hosted also Specialist from TPI (Poznań), Marek Krysztofiak; GIS Specialists from ESRI Polska, Marta Samulowska and Tomasz Letmański.

Through whole two weeks of the scientific camp we collected samples of twenty model trees. In 2012 we are going to realise another scientific camps.

Kamil Kondracki

Kickoff-Meeting in Eberswalde

The first meeting of project partners took place in Eberswalde, 23rd and 24th May 2011.

On Monday 23rd May, at Hotel Mühlenhaus, located by a beautiful lake in Sandkrug, introductory speeches were delivered. Within this meeting, participants from the Polish partners (Forest District Drawno, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Regional Directorate of the State Forests in Szczecin) and the German partners (Landeskompetenzzentrum Forst Eberswalde, Landesforst Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) presented plans for the project completion.

On Tuesday 24th May, at Landeskompetenzzentrum Forst Eberswalde, topics concerning the tasks requiring co-operation between all the project partners were discussed, including the timeframe for financial issues and the terms and conditions of the partners’ co-operation. Additionally, an Advisory Board was established, a project web page and exchange data server. The meeting was monitored by representatives of the Joint Technical Secretariat: Cordula Schmidt and Ewa Leweczko. The next meeting was scheduled for 8-9 December 2011, to be hosted by Forest District Drawno.