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FIRE-RES Geo-Catch: a mobile application to support reliable fuel mapping at a pan-European scale

Erico Kutchartt (1)   , José Ramón González-Olabarria (2-3), Antoni Trasobares (2), Sergio de-Miguel (3-4), Adrian Cardil (5), Brigite Botequim (6-7), Vassil Vassilev (8), Palaiologos Palaiologou (9), Martino Rogai (10), Francesco Pirotti (1-11)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 16, Issue 5, Pages 268-273 (2023)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor4376-016
Published: Oct 19, 2023 - Copyright © 2023 SISEF

Technical Advances


We present a browser-based App for smartphones that is freely available to end-users for collecting geotagged and oriented photos depicting vegetation biomass and fuel characteristics. Our solution builds on advantages of smartphones, allowing their use as easy sensors to collect data by imaging forest ecosystems. The strength and innovation of the proposed solution is based on the following points: (i) using a low memory footprint App, streaming images and data with as little data-volume and memory as needed; (ii) using JavaScript APIs that can be launched from both a browser or as an installed App, as it applies features such as service workers and Progressive Web App; (iii) storing both image and survey data (geolocation and sensor orientation) internally to the device on an indexed database, and synchronizing the data to a cloud-based server when the smartphone is online and when all other safety tests have been successfully passed. The goal is to achieve properly positioned and oriented photos that can be used as training and testing data for future estimation of the surface fuel types based on automatic segmentation and classification via Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

  Keywords


Mobile Data Collection, Citizen Science, Smartphone Position and Orientation, Wildfire, Image Analysis, Progressive Web Apps

Authors’ address

(1)
Erico Kutchartt 0000-0002-9134-4591
Francesco Pirotti 0000-0002-4796-6406
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry - TESAF, University of Padova, v. dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, PD (Italy)
(2)
José Ramón González-Olabarria 0000-0002-5040-712x
Antoni Trasobares 0000-0002-8123-9405
Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia - CTFC, Carretera de Sant Llorenç de Morunys, Km 2, 25280 Solsona (Spain)
(3)
José Ramón González-Olabarria 0000-0002-5040-712x
Sergio de-Miguel 0000-0002-9738-0657
Joint Research Unit CTFC - AGROTECNIO - CERCA, Carretera de Sant Llorenç de Morunys, Km 2, 25280 Solsona (Spain)
(4)
Sergio de-Miguel 0000-0002-9738-0657
Department of Agricultural and Forest Sciences and Engineering, University of Lleida, 25198 Lleida (Spain)
(5)
Adrian Cardil 0000-0002-0185-3959
Tecnosylva, Parque Tecnológico de León, 24009 León (Spain)
(6)
Brigite Botequim 0000-0002-6661-190x
CoLAB ForestWISE - Collaborative Laboratory for Integrated Forest & Fire Management, Quinta de Prados, 5001-801 Vila Real (Portugal)
(7)
Brigite Botequim 0000-0002-6661-190x
Forest Research Centre, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Tapada de Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisbon (Portugal)
(8)
Vassil Vassilev
Space Research and Technology Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, str. “Acad. Georgy Bonchey” bl. 1, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)
(9)
Palaiologos Palaiologou 0000-0001-8507-5201
Department of Forestry and Natural Environment Management, Agricultural University of Athens, 36100 Karpenisi (Greece)
(10)
Martino Rogai
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNR, Istituto per la BioEconomia, v. Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy)
(11)
Francesco Pirotti 0000-0002-4796-6406
Interdepartmental Research Center of Geomatics - CIRGEO, University of Padova, v. dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, PD (Italy)

Corresponding author

 
Erico Kutchartt
erico.kutchartt@unipd.it

Citation

Kutchartt E, González-Olabarria JR, Trasobares A, de-Miguel S, Cardil A, Botequim B, Vassilev V, Palaiologou P, Rogai M, Pirotti F (2023). FIRE-RES Geo-Catch: a mobile application to support reliable fuel mapping at a pan-European scale. iForest 16: 268-273. - doi: 10.3832/ifor4376-016

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: May 09, 2023
Accepted: Jul 10, 2023

First online: Oct 19, 2023
Publication Date: Oct 31, 2023
Publication Time: 3.37 months

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