The forestry industry and regulators have used remote sensing technologies for decades. With many forests being vast, data volumes often become enormous. Also, the limited accessibility of many forests has made satellite and aerial based analysis appealing. Even on the micro scale, image analysis has been used in forest science, for example to study diseases.
Foresters often take measurements in the field, to prepare for harvesting or to deal with catastrophic events like wild fires, storms and biological damage. Automated image analysis can provide measurements for all of these wide-area data challenges.