Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics
1) What are the main topics of science and research you work with at your department?
The main topic of scientific – research activities is the field of precision forestry which synthesizes elements of Forest Management with linkage to the technologies of applied geoinformatics. These aspects are currently being presented in a range of forestry activities which are an intergral part of modern geoinformation technologies (GIT). These technologies provide tools for the implementation of the processes for precision forestry.
Precision forestry is nowadays still realized only in specific areas and its conceptual development within the Forest Management on the GIT platform is an unique approach having a number of multidisciplinary overlaps. Basic areas of the disciplines develop: (1) classical and non – contact methods for detecting the conditions of forests, (2) mathematical and statistical processing of biometric data, (3) the science dealing with growth and production of forests and (4) differentiated adaptive forest management. The improvement of coordination and management of processes in different time – space scales of Forest Management are the basic objectives.
2) How can be your research beneficial to wide public, where people can meet results of your research?
The research results answer to the fundamental questions concerning with growth and development of the forest, and methods of assessing and planning the optimal structures. The results are interesting especially from the viewpoint of finding answers regarding the growth of mixed forest, whose silviculture is a long-term European trend. The results are available to the public in various forms. These are particularly the contributions to the professional and lay public, certified methodologies and specialized maps, map servers and applications, utility models, management plans of natural areas or forest management plans.
3) What is the aim of your research development?
The research is mainly focused on improvement of accuracy of forest inventories in rich structured forests and development of methodologies of alternative silvicultural systems which are currently rarely used. Furthermore are implemented the methods based on determination of forest conditions, mainly noncontact method based on remote sensing (RS), ie. development of terrestrial and airborne laser scanning with combination of multispectral or hyperspectral data (RS). Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hexacopter equipped with a number of sensors has been developed for operational acquirement of data from forest environment.
4) How many scientists work in your department?
There are 16 scientists actually.