The AWARE program (which stands for Assessment of Wood Attributes from Remote sEnsing) is a vast remote sensing program funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and in which eight universities are taking part as well as seven industrial partners. The purpose of the program is to study research topics linking remote sensing variables with attributes of forest stands, trees and wood—studies that will help improve forest inventories.
The AWARE collaborative research and development project is focusing on a series of 25 research questions responding to a general or specific framework broken down into various research topics. At each observation level, relations and approaches will be established around three main themes:
- Large-scale factors relating to the structure of the forest stands throughout Canada
- Estimates, based on the forest stand or tree, of the variations in the structure, volume and species in certain regions and at certain test sites, as well as the
- Generalization of the characteristics of the trees, considered individually within the parcels of land and how they are related to the attributes of wood fibre
A cross-cutting theme will also look into the common aspects of the various sites—aspects of interest to all industrial partners.
Based on the information compiled by AWARE, the industry will be able to strategically invest and gain advantages from the entire value chain, through a better understanding of both the nature of the offer and the ability to locate and separate the trees according to their final, particular uses. All this will help maximize the value of the resources.