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Open Foris: Free open-source solutions for environmental monitoring

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Open Foris is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting.

Open Foris includes:

  • Collect: Easy and flexible survey design and data management
  • Collect Mobile: Intuitive data collection and validation in the field
  • Collect Earth: Innovative land assessment through freely available satellite imagery
  • Calc: Efficient and collaborative data analysis and results dissemination
  • Geospatial Toolkit: Powerful command-line utilities for processing geospatial data

Government, research institutions and NGOs use these tools for a wide range of monitoring purposes such as: Forest Inventories, Climate Change reporting, Socio-economic surveys, Biodiversity assessment, Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry measurement, Deforestation monitoring with remote sensing, Detecting desertification and trees outside of forest.

The initiative is a collaborative effort of numerous public and private institutions and it is hosted by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Open Foris website