We offer "Software as a Service" (SaaS) solutions in the areas of AI-based forest inventory, CO2 accounting, forest monitoring and digital certification of sustainable forest management.
forest climate projects
RSS combines high-resolution earth observation data with AI-based analytics for accurate digital characterization and continuous monitoring of forests. Our SaaS solutions can be used to meet the high standards of certification schemes or to verify sustainable forest management.
For transparent accounting of the carbon sequestration of forests, an accurate inventory of the carbon stock and its changes is essential. With the help of transparent and standardized methods of earth observation, it is not only possible to support more sustainable forest management, but also to estimate the emission reduction potential. The full coverage of the remote sensing-based inventory allows the area-wide complemention of information from in-situ sampling methods.
RSS' SaaS solutions combine high-resolution earth observation and AI-based algorithms to automatically derive and characterize tree cover in terms of tree heights and biomass content. The combination of these methods provides an accurate digital twin of the forest stand. RSS is a one-stop shop for everything from data collection and analysis to digital delivery of results via web-mapping solutions.
Digital Twin of your Forest
To capture individual areas digitally, we use drones or small aircraft for higher-resolution data collection in addition to satellite-based solutions. Depending on the desired ground resolution, data acquisitions of up to 25 km² are possible in one day. Matching the required specification of our customers, we are able to carry out data acquisition with sensor technology individually adapted to the purpose. We use airplane- and drone-borne systems like laser scanning (LiDAR) for forest surveying in 3D, specialized multispectral sensors to derive information on forest type and stress factors, and thermal sensors to draw conclusions about the water balance and cooling effect of forests.
All Data always available
RSS' solutions can be effortlessly integrated with existing Geographic Information Systems to optimize planning and workflow for your forest management. Data from the digital inventory can be directly compared and enriched with other data from terrestrial measurements. In addition to that, we offer online solutions that allow the visualization and interactive exploration of the forest condition in web-mapping solutions.
CO2 – Accounting
Forests are biodiversity hotspots, store large amounts of carbon in their above and below ground biomass, and provide various ecosystem services to local communities. RSS has supported REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) projects through technical MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) since the beginning of forest-related carbon projects. Our developed methods are also applicable in afforestation and reforestation projects, as well as sustainable forest management.
The possibility of offsetting CO2 emissions and setting aside forests as compensation areas created financial incentives for private investors and investors in the form of CO2 certificates. Our SaaS products are specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the high standards of the "Verified Carbon Standard", "Gold Standard" and the "High Carbon Stock Approach" for forest climate projects.
Quality Standards for carbon projects
Assessing and ensuring the environmental and climate impact of a (forest) project is complex in practice. With many years of experience in carbon accounting and forest monitoring, RSS has been actively involved in the development of quality standards. This fundamental knowledge of the practical application of quality standards is reflected in the solutions we develop. They enable an exact carbon and CO2 accounting of forest areas that allows becoming active on the voluntary or mandatory compensation market.
Forest owners who manage their forests in a climate-friendly and near-natural way should be rewarded, as they ensure that carbon is stored in wood and soils, biodiversity is preserved and the water balance is improved. We offer methods for digital certification of forests that meet the criteria of different sustainability certificates. Therefore, we combine the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence and high-resolution Earth observation satellites to transparently, cost-effectively and independently record whether biomass in forests is building up or degrading. This digital certification also allows for an estimation of the economic impact of near-natural management in terms of CO2- and sustainability certificates.
Our monitoring approach, which synergistically uses high-resolution aerial imagery and optical and radar satellite data, identifies the current condition of forests, the extent and density of forest cover, and their changes over time. Historical trends in deforestation and degradation are derived that can be compared to current and future activity data. We also use these data to spatially and temporally assess the impacts of wildfires, droughts, and pest infestations on the forest ecosystem.