On 19 and 20 October of 2015 leader of the project FRI organized the fourth meeting of substantive consortium implementing the project REMBIOFOR – “Remote sensing based assessment of woody biomass and carbon storage in forests” co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development. The meeting took place in the headquarters of Forest Research Institute. Session were held in a group of 31 persons represented by: Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Institute of Dendrology in Kórnik, University of Agriculture in Kraków, Poznań University of Life Sciences, The State Forest, Wood Technology Institute in Poznań and Institute of Geodesy and Cartography in Warsaw.
First day of the meeting was inaugurated by Jacek Hilszczański, prof. – vice Director for the Research Affairs. Afterwards Krzysztof Stereńczak Ph.D. – the leader of the project chaired the discussion about administrative requirements of the project, later on Marta Piwowarska Ms.C. presented administrative and financial affairs. She payed attention to one of the most important think regards to administrative matters which is standardising the rules of eligibility cost accounting and budgeting.
Afterwards MSc. Bożydar Neroj from Bureau for Forest Management and Geodesy presented the progress in gathering the hyperspectral imageries, Ph.D. Andrzej Jagodziński from The Institute of Dendrology presented the first results connected with evaluating the biomass and laboratory work.
Ph.D. Paweł Strzeliński from Faculty of Forestry of Poznań University of Life Sciences presented specification and problems concerning the scanning process on experimental plots, Ph.D. Zbigniew Karaszewski from The Wood Technology Institute discussed the issues of testing density and evaluating the determination of age using dendrochronological method.
At the end of this part of the meeting Ph.D. Krzysztof Stereńczak summed up the methods of gathering the rest of the data and presented schedule for feature tasks and publications.
During the second day of the session all participants visited Laboratory of Natural Environment Chemistry. Ph.D. Józef Wójcik presented the working methods in laboratory and devices used for analysis. At the end of the meeting members of the group who are engaged in biomass and laboratory work met each other at the workshop while second group dealing with a part of Component (forest inventory) discussed their methodology.
A summary of the two-day meeting was to establish the necessary activities to comply which have to be complied within the next three months and prepare a list of issues to be resolved. The next meeting is scheduled for the end of February 2016 year in Kraków.