Winner 2016: Sustainable Living Challenge by the Satellite Applications Catapult
ENVIROSAR© – MANAGING WILDFIRE DISTURBANCE IN MOORLANDS AND HEATHLANDS
Wildfires are a major hazard and produce devastating environmental and economic
impacts. In moorland and heathland areas, wildfires discolour drinking water supplies,
release carbon dioxide and damage these unique ecosystems. Around £55 million a
year is spent by the emergency services on fighting wildfires. EnviroSAR is a targeted
service for peat moorland and heathland restoration and management using Copernicus
Earth observation (EO) satellite data to deliver burned-area products, and will be the
first national mapping and monitoring tool for UK wildfires. The EnviroSAR geoportal
will understand patterns of wildfire occurrence, help mitigate their risks, target land
management and reseeding, reduce water discolouration and the associated costs.
EnviroSAR will add value to utility companies, government agencies, emergency services and conservation groups by saving them time and money through targeted solutions for peatland restoration and management.
«EnviroSAR was a clear winner for the Sustainable Living Challenge. The team
proved there was a genuine market opportunity for a national wildfire mapping and
monitoring tool to support the restoration of some of the UK's most important natural
habitats. Their solution is built on an innovative application of Sentinel SAR data and
a huge network of organisations they have connected with over the past five years.
The team impressed the judges with their technical skills, combined with their energy
and commitment to rapidly developing their idea into a commercial service.»
Chief Executive Officer
Satellite Applications Catapult