Storm Arwen – Woodland Managers asked to add site information to remote sensing data

A new Storm Arwen Mapping tool, developed by Forest Research and Scottish Forestry, is providing invaluable data on the impact of the storm. The polygons have been derived from machine learning and need to be confirmed. In order to develop a more accurate assessment of the volumes and species involved in the windblow, woodland managers on the affected properties are requested to share information on breakdown of species.  Information is being gathered through a dedicated citizen science portal and an associated application. 

For those interested in the science behind this application of remote sensing, it was coincidentally the subject of a Forest Research seminar on10th December. It is available on Vimeo for 30 days and the Storm Arwen item occurs from about 26 minutes to 29 minutes.

Scottish Forestry is working with Confor and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to fully assess the impact that Storm Arwen has had on the country’s forests and woodlands. This news release was issued on 14th December. Keep an eye on the Scottish Forestry website and social media for updates. Scottish Forestry has already deployed its staffing resource to the areas most affected and have acted to simplify the paperwork and fast track Felling Permissions and Forest Management Plans for areas affected by windblow. Details here.

The Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) has also produced guidance on working in area of windblown and dangerous conditions where the operator needs to be trained and competent (with experience working in windblow).