New webinar series “High Res How-to: for tropical forests”

GFOI is proud to team up with @Climateforest @KSAT_Kongsberg @planetlabs @Airbus in hosting a webinar series to learn how to use the universally available high resolution satellite imagery of tropical forests.

 15 December 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 C.E.T. (English version)

 French, Spanish and other languages will also be scheduled shortly.



A quiet and yet powerful revolution to help slow deforestation and combat climate change begun in October 2020. High resolution satellite imagery of the tropics was granted free-of-charge to everyone by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). The data are available here.

NICFI’s procurement from Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) with its partners Planet and Airbus provides an unprecedented opportunity to access and use high resolution satellite imagery to complement other earth observations and provide powerful information to inform action on climate change, forest management and sustainable development.

NICFI is a leading partner of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI). GFOI is a partnership of countries and international organizations who coordinate support for improving forest monitoring capacity in tropical forest countries. The GFOI community will support the uptake of these datasets by tropical countries through their existing programs and networks of expertise.

GFOI is proud to team up with KSAT, Planet and Airbus to convene this webinar series, which will introduce users to the data, help build their understanding of how to use the data and get inspired by existing applications in tropical countries including through the use of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s (FAO) SEPAL platform.

"High resolution data can drastically improve forest monitoring, but they have historically been expensive and difficult to access. We aim to remove that bottleneck by making these data free and accessible. We hope that this will be a useful resource for tropical forest countries and practitioners everywhere."  Sveinung Rotevatn – Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway.

“We are pleased to bring together this group of industry-leading providers of optical satellite imagery in this disruptive initiative by NICFI and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment. By providing high resolution satellite images and making them publicly available, KSAT, Planet and Airbus will contribute to a needed transparency with the goal to stop global deforestation." Representatives from the NICFI High Resolution Project team (KSAT, Planet and Airbus).

The GFOI community welcomes this new collaboration and we look forward to connecting with users to enable them to use these datasets during this webinar series.


  • Introduction – Tom Harvey (GFOI Office)   
  • Welcoming remarks – Per Pharo (NICFI Director)
  • Overview of NICFI High-Res Data Program, Charlotte Bishop (KSAT)
  • How to access, download and use the data, Pooja Pandey & Timothy Gituma (Planet)
  • Country level applications for forest area estimation and conservation – the example of Mozambique through the FAO Sepal platform, Erik Lindquist (FAO) & Hercilo Odorico (Mozambique)
  • Learning platform for the EO Community, Samuel Stettner (EO College)
  • West Africa: use of NICFI-Planet mosaics, Emil Cherrington (US SERVIR, NASA)
  • Generating reference data in Collect Earth Online, Karen Dyson (Spatial Informatics Group).
  • Q&A – Moderated by Tara O’Shea (Planet)

•   NICFI Data Program Frequently Asked Questions

Related articles
•    Norway’s official press release
•    Norway’s free satellite data programme now in place to combat deforestation
•    Norway provides free access to high-resolution satellite data
•    Planet satellites boost FAO's forest monitoring technologies


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