Indufor develops GIS-based suitability models that consider a range of input factors to generate a map of overall suitability.
The potential of a site can be determined by evaluating relevant biophysical layers, financial and socio-economic criteria collected from a variety of remote sensing and field data sources.
The aim of this type of analysis is to enable rapid screening of many sites from which only those with the highest potential are selected. This allows attention to be focussed on assessing the project viability of a refined selection.
Recent applications have included the screening of project sites for establishment of biofuel crops and for forest plantations, and ranking of existing forest resources by potential value.