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SaFIS

Satellite based Forest Information Service

Forestry division of SPARRSO is responsible for generating satellite based forest information service.

Activities of Forest Division, SPARRSO

 Technological and methodological development of Earth Observation (EO) technology for forest and environmental monitoring

  • Forest mapping and monitoring in Bangladesh using remote sensing and GIS technology

 Remote Sensing Application in Forest Monitoring

Coastal Afforestation Monitoring

County-level Forest Cover Mapping

On-going Research Projects

Manpower

Remote Sensing Application in Forest Monitoring

 

Forest plays a vital role in terrestrial carbon flux. Forest resources in Bangladesh are continuously dwindling since the independence due to mitigate the demand of the huge population in the country. Remote sensing is a powerful tool for wall-to-wall mapping and monitoring of forest coverage. The technology is useful to find out deforested, degraded and barren land in order to plan for reforestation and afforestation activities.

Bangladesh Space Research & Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO) was established in 1980 to apply space technology in various applications for the benefit of the nation. Forest Division of this organization is working for the methodological and application oriented advancement of space technology in forestry and environmental application. SPARRSO has completed two crucial projects with Bangladesh Forest Department: Coastal Afforestation Monitoring and County-level Forest Cover Mapping.

 
 
Completed Projects

 Coastal Afforestation Monitoring

Mangrove afforestation along the entire southern coastal frontier was initiated during 1960-61. There was a massive afforestation program in the coast by World Bank funded First (1980-85)   and Second (1985-1990) Forestry Project. Up to 1999-2000, 142,833 hectares of mangrove plantation have been raised under a number of coastal afforestation projects. The remote sensing monitoring component of the project was implemented by SPARRSO.

County-level Forest Cover Mapping

SPARRSO prepared a country-level forest cover map in collaboration with Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) with the financial support of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and aimed to generate recent forest statistics in the country. Fifteen Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) scenes of 2004-2006 covering the whole country were utilized to prepare this database. The images were pre-processed and joined together to form a continuous image mosaic. Landuse/Land cover map was prepared by visual interpretation of different land covers supplemented by ground validation and digitizing on-screen. The maps were printed at 1: 100 000 (national overview) and 1: 1000 000 scales (details).

 SPARRSO has successfully completed a number of Research & Development projects. Some of these are enumerated below:

  • Mangrove deforestation study in Chokoria Sunderban
  • Deforestation and carbon flux study in south-eastern Bangladesh
  • Forest mapping with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery

Successful application of remote sensing technology will play a role for national effort to make technological advancement in the country. However, allocation of limited financial resources and hindrance related to the recruitment of officials are the major obstacles to develop this organization. Our endeavor to remove all these barriers will widen the scope of SPARRSO to contribute for the benefit of the nation.  

 

On-going Research Projects

 Monitoring Afforestation along the Coastal Belts of Bangladesh (2000 - 2010)

Pilot study on Mapping Trees Outside Forests (TOF) Based on Landsat Imagery (Phase 1)

Manpower

 Mahmudur Rahman, Senior Scientific Officer

 Abu Taleb Pramanaki, Scientific Officer

 Shafiqul Islam, Junior Engineer

 Sultana Razia