The ReCover project created novel, trustworthy and standardised, but affordable services with special emphasis on:

  • A sound statistical concept and validation procedure in production.

  • Very high resolution image data to improve reliability of results.

  • Adoption of radar data in REDD services.

  • Building a standardised service system.

  • The European Sentinel satellite missions of the Copernicus program to ensure the sustainability of high quality services in the coming decades.

The goals of ReCover project were implemented via services scheme. The service capabilities mean provision of a monitoring system of forest cover and biomass and their changes, including a robust accuracy assessment. The capabilities are based on utilizing mainly space-borne earth observation data and in-situ data.

Service Level Agreements

The service development was controlled by specific user requirements that were expressed through Service Level Agreements (SLA) between the user organisation and the service provider in the ReCover consortium. The SLA defined which products - typically forest cover or biomass maps over a specified area - were provided by the service. The service provider specified the data, the methods and the processes used to provide the required end product. The services were oriented toward and prepared particularly for the implementation of the post-Kyoto climate treaty and the REDD+.

Service roll-out and expansion to the community outside the project and present pilot users was a key activity of the ReCover project. The outside community includes, but is not restricted to TREES-3 project, GSE Forest Monitoring Extension, Forest Resources Assessment of FAO, and Global Forest Observation Initiative of GEO. The scientific viewpoint that reaches beyond the state-of-the-art techniques was the leading baseline of the study.