NASA comes to aid for University of Maine’s project on study of forest health

The money is being given for a three-year project that will focus on assessing and monitoring "the quality, health and value" of Maine’s forested land using remote sensing data.

NASA comes to aid for University of Maine’s project on study of forest health
NASA comes to aid for University of Maine’s project on study of forest health

NASA comes to aid for University of Maine’s project on study of forest health

The US space agency NASA is lending a financial aid worth $750,000 to the University of Maine to better manage its forests. The money is being given for a three-year project that will focus on assessing and monitoring "the quality, health and value" of Maine’s forested land. Maine is the most forested state in the U.S.

The project will be led by the University’s forest resources assistant professor Parinaz Rahimzadeh. The university says a team of researchers will use remote sensing technology to develop models with "near-real-time data on forest tree species identification, and forest tree decline detection and damage assessment."

The work is expected to ultimately provide information on the composition of Maine's forest and on damage caused by recent outbreaks of pests and pathogens.