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Ripple Effect

A simulator for forest disease spread and critical point detection

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  • 1. Supporting sustainable infrastructure development



💎 Idea

A study conducted in 2019 on the United States associated pests and diseases affecting trees to be responsible for emitting 5.4 million tons of CO2 per year. In 2023, pests and diseases are a real problem for European Forests, having been identified 800 new types of pests that keep getting more and more aggressive and ravaging.

Ripple is a platform that helps identify critical areas in the forests where infections could spread more easily and cause a bigger infection radius. This is done by identifying the types of trees in the various locations and simulating how the spread would occur based on the environment conditions. This way the professional can more easily prevent big infections and focus on the critical areas.

🛰️ EU space technologies

This will be done via a Machine Learning approach trained with reference data from many countries NFI (Nacional Forest Inventory)  and applied to Copernicus Program Sentinel-2 satellite images to classify the tree types in a forest and their positions. This classification approach was already studied and a paper was published by Naturwald Akademie in Germany.

Given a classification of the whole forest, it's possible to simulate how the diseases would behave and calculate the critical points of the forest.

The presentation of this information would be done in a simple Web APP with a map and notification.

⛑️ Space for International Development & Humanitarian Aid

We are solving both the #1 and #2 Challenges. 

Our solution is going to help monitor forests remotely, optimising the yields of products from there via the reduction of infections on the area, as well as innovating by the creation of a new way of Risk Monitoring the Forests

🤼 Team

Nino Tosenberger

Currently enrolling a Bachelor's Program in Software Engineering in Algebra University

Tihana Šimunić

Currently enrolling a Bachelor's Program in Visual Communications in Algebra University

João Pino

Currently enrolling a Master's Program in Data Science and Engineering in Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

Valentina Radoš

Currently enrolling a Bachelor's Program in Software Engineering in Algebra University