ESA title


  • ACTIVITYDemonstration Project
  • STATUSCompleted
  • THEMATIC AREAEnvironment, Wildlife and Natural Resources

Objectives of the service

In the current context of climate change and biodiversity loss, sustainable forest management has become a crucial challenge. At local, regional, and national levels, forest management has environmental, economic and social implications. The high-performance monitoring services offered by SPACEBEL help authorities, industries and private owners to improve their forest management practices. 

Through the collection and analysis of satellite and airborne data combined with field information, SPACEBEL offers a range of products and services designed to help clients better understand changes occurring within forest ecosystems. From analysis-ready datasets to detailed geospatial and temporal analytics, SPACEBEL supports species inventories at various levels and forest change detection due to logging, disease outbreaks, etc. This provides a deeper understanding of the impacts of these changes on forest ecosystems. In practice, ForEOSt offers different levels of services, based on SPACEBEL's expertise in satellite data processing.

ForEOSt objectives



Users and their needs

SPACEBEL caters to the needs of those passionate about forests and urban trees by supporting forest management associations, forest authorities, forest owners, forest service companies, and forest industries.

Users require dynamic forest inventory and monitoring services that are accessible through an easy-to-use, industry-specific web-based application. SPACEBEL understands the importance of sustainable forest management and are committed to providing innovative solutions to meet diverse users’ needs. 

Service/ system concept

ForEOSt exploits the power of EO data to provide seamless digital solutions to customers.

ForEOSt service concept

The automation of the different services and processing are implemented in the SPACEBEL Geospatial Exploitation Platform (GEP) where customers can access the products through a Geoserver (data storage) and a catalogue of servers (metadata collection).
The SPACEBEL GEP allows to collect and prepare necessary data, execute automatically recurrent processes to produce information, create metadata and makes results accessible into a catalogue which is transmitted to the different platforms developed by our partners for a final set of digital products intended for customers.

Space Added Value

Satellite images are integral to ForEOSt’s services

  • The value of multispectral imagery: with bands in the visible and infra-red parts of the spectrum, Sentinel-2 imagery monitors the natural environment. SPACEBEL unlocks the spectra provided by such multispectral systems by leveraging all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to upgrade forest surveys. SPACEBEL's services reveal the invisible to the eye and provide a broader perspective of biotic and abiotic disturbances.
False colour from multispectral imagery supports large-scale forest surveys as shown over forests in North America (images©SPACEBEL)
  • The value of continuous imaging: many areas in the world suffer from persistent cloud cover. Creating monthly cloudless mosaics of images is invaluable for effective forest management as it provides a consistent view of the forest canopy. SPACEBEL provides an easy to access flow of consistent and high-quality mosaics for forestry experts to integrate into their systems and workflows.
Cloudless mosaic shown using one month of data over forest areas in South America. (images©SPACEBEL)
  • The value of spaceborne repeatability and time series: regular and repeatable acquisition of satellite imagery provides a valuable resource for tracking forests and urban canopies and assessing their vitality status.
A better understanding of the tree vitality status shown for olive trees in North Africa (images©SPACEBEL)
  • The value of very high-resolution data: by using very high-resolution imagery, Earth observation data can identify tree density, tree height, or count tree crowns in urban and agricultural areas. This is essential for urban management, planning, and conservation efforts, helping cities to optimize green spaces and promote healthy environments. It also ensures that plantations are productive, sustainable, and environmentally responsible.
Tree detection and tree height shown for a European city (images©SPACEBEL)
  • The value of large coverage and data integration: large coverage of satellite data is indispensable for preserving the health and integrity of remote forests and urban canopies in our neighbourhoods. Such coverage directly supports forest protection and monitoring, facilitates accurate forest inventory and the assessment of ecosystem services, and supports sustainable management practices.
Tree detection and its density for a European city and its suburbs (images©SPACEBEL)
  • The value of unlocked advanced data analytics: satellite data unlocks the potential of advanced analytics that highly support forest management. For example, mapping tree species explains species interactions and ecological roles. It also enables targeted conservation efforts and the planning for mixed forests that are more resilient. Such analytics directly support forest protection and monitoring; they also facilitate accurate forest inventory and the assessment of ecosystem services.
Tree species identification for a European forest plot (image©SPACEBEL)

Current Status

The kick-off meeting took place in May 2022. We have collected user needs and provided data to our project partners for regions in Europe and in South America. Through the pilots carried out with partners, we have analysed and interpreted various datasets.

ForEOSt current status

ForEOST has also established a great collaboration with Timbtrack, an early adopter of our services. We are grateful for Timbtrack’s visionary spirit and pioneering role in embracing innovation, catalysing progress, and shaping the future of our digital landscape. You can now order our services through Timbtrack’s platform by visiting EORegions! Portal or directly contacting


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Status Date

Updated: 22 January 2024