CEUBIOM project is funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7 within the ‘Energy Thematic Area’ and contributes to ‘Harmonisation of biomass resource assessment’ activities which focus on assessing and optimising the availability of biomass resources.
With the advent of Earth Observation (EO) techniques in natural sciences, an increasing interest has been documented by experts for using these approaches in order to estimate the potential of biomass production for specific areas. Before the extensive use of remote sensing on biomass estimation, field data were used to this end. The most common approach has been the destructive sampling of average trees and development of allometric equations which relate one or several plant dimensions (e.g., diameter, height, crown depth, etc) to several biomass component (stem, branches, foliage, etc).
EO satellites, with increasing capabilities in terms of spatial, temporal and spectral resolution, allow a more efficient, reliable and affordable monitoring of the environment over time at global, regional and local scales. The combined use of EO-derived data with in-situ measurement based on common agricultural and forestry survey practices can be a powerful tool for assessing biomass potential.
EO provides a cost efficient way to collect the required information at areas that are usually remote and poorly accessible. Analysis of remote sensing data is also the only practical approach to measure actual land cover and changes at national or international scales. Therefore, biomass experts should highly rely on suitable EO and geo-information for better understanding of potential biomass areas and their significance in the global environment. Within the framework of CEUBIOM a harmonised methodology will be proposed for assessing the land use/land cover and forest types (LULCaFT), above ground biomass (AGB), carbon content and respective changes based on remote sensing data.
The ambition of CEUBIOM project is to develop a Platform and a self-sustained e-service that will directly assist and train professionals from the EO, agricultural and EO/biomass sectors about the new, common and harmonised applications of EO and a better understanding of each other’s requirements.
The CEUBIOM consortium consists of 16 partners originating from 15 EU Member States and covering academic departments, research institutes and Small and Medium Enterprises. The domains of the research groups within the consortium are within the EO, forestry and agriculture sciences. Complementary actions between CEUBIOM and BEE project which is also funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7, will take place for the total duration.