Digital solutions for soil monitoring

End on 21 Mar 2022

Meet the innovators, get inspired and develop new partnerships

Forestry Speed Dating puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users, to speed up innovation and create new partnerships. Through a series of speed dating workshops, and facilitation of meeting with innovators, you can find inspiration and explore new solutions towards a sustainable forest circular bioeconomy for your area.

Theme 1: Digitalisation of forest management, inventory and monitoring.

Discover new digital solutions to improve forest management, sustainable forest operations and efficient supply. Find out more about digital tools that support forest managers’ decision-making as well as communicating what you do to the public and engaging their input.

Forestry Speed Dating #6: 21 March, 10:00-11:30 (CET)

Get in touch with the innovators behind digital solutions for soil monitoring and hear about how they can help you in monitoring your forest soil.

SOCiT app

The SOCiT app, developed for Apple and Android devices, is capable of providing an estimate of soil organic matter content using positional information and a photograph of the topsoil. While not as accurate as laboratory analysis, it can give a useful indication of soil OM content for land managers.
By Matt Aitkenhead.
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BefahrGut project

The use of heavy machinery in skid trails continues to cause changes in the topsoil. There is a need for decision-making aids for timber harvesting operations and for operational planning over short periods of time (2-4 weeks), taking into account current meteorological conditions. The BefahrGut project aims at developing a dynamic traffic risk forecast for large forestry machinery by combining the precipitation rates of the last 14 days with the weather forecast for the next 10 days. The preservation of technical trafficability, and the associated avoidance of obvious soil damage, are primary goals for this project.
By Marian Schönauer.
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Maintaining site productivity requires the conservation of soil resources, particularly by reducing or preventing soil disturbance. The forest soil disturbance monitoring protocol (LURSOIL app) describes how to monitor forest sites after management activities for physical attributes that could influence site resilience and long-term sustainability. The attributes describe surface conditions that affect site sustainability and hydrologic function. This tool aimed at strengthening a policy framework that can enhance sustainable forest management and the multifunctional role of forests in a context of increased demand for forest-based goods and services.

By Nahia Gatzia.
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5 min


Presentation and Q&A SOCiT app, by Matt Aitkenhead

20 min


Presentation and Q&A BefahrGut project, by Dirk Jaeger or Marian Schönauer

20 min


Presentation and Q&A LURSOIL app, by Nahia Gatzia

20 min


Breakout rooms with speakers

22 min


Closure and presentation of next event

 3 min


Continuation of breakout rooms according to availability


Target audience

Companies and agencies performing forest management and operations, forest monitoring, and research; all interested in land management, climate change and forest soil monitoring & soil health.

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Back-to-back with Forest Europe webinar

This Forestry Speed Dating is organised back-to-back with webinar Monitoring and Assessing Forest Health hosted by Forest Europe in observance of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2022. The registration for this event is independent, so please check the information on the link.

Interested in agricultural soils? Join the Best4Soil Online Conference

The Best4Soil Online Conference 2022 is taking place on 16 February. It will showcase Best4Soil project results, with a vibrant program packed with passionate practitioners, eminent scientists, experienced advisors and committed politicians. The registration for this event is independent, so please check the information on the link.

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Date & Time

21 March 2022

10:00 11:30 Europe/Brussels

Bioregions Facility

+34 672 38 82 53

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