MDA’s forest monitoring service provides a disruptive new capability for monitoring illegal logging and deforestation. Using RADARSAT-2 and proprietary change detection techniques, MDA can provide accurate detection of clear cuts, selective logging, and natural forest degradation for any area in the world. RADARSAT-2’s unique wide area beam modes and its ability to see through cloud enable it to routinely monitor entire regions, consistently detecting changes that are not picked up by other methods.
A subscription to MDA’s forest monitoring service includes monthly or bi-annual reports on forest changes within the monitoring area, including easy-to-use GIS data layers showing the exact location and size of changes. These regular updates on changes to forest cover give government agencies a powerful new tool to better allocate their resources for forest management, and provide an independent means of verification for deforestation monitoring.