Indonesia is home to the world’s largest tropical peatlands and mangrove forests as well as the third largest tropical rainforest. These natural resources are vital in capturing carbon, helping mitigate climate change impacts, and are key resources for supporting Indonesia’s long-term development. Basemaps play a critical role in policy formation, decision-making and implementation of activities, such as natural resource management, disaster response and spatial planning. Creating basemaps to the 1:5,000 scale specification requires high-resolution remote sensing data, including imagery and digital elevation models (DEMs), to extract details like buildings, roads, land cover and terrain features. These maps are essential for developing spatial plans, emergency response and natural disaster rehabilitation.
Indonesia experiences persistent and often permanent cloud cover, smoke, smog, fog and haze and consists of rugged, mountainous terrain and dense jungles, which make it challenging for satellites to collect images. Intermap’s IFSAR technology has a unique capability to see through clouds and foliage, which is critical for Indonesia’s climate and environment. The entire area will be captured using airborne IFSAR, a SAR-based native 3D collection technology with quality and precision that cannot be duplicated with spaceborne sensors. After an extensive, multiyear evaluation process with the country’s expert SAR community, airborne IFSAR was identified as the only technology that could meet the government’s ambitious specifications for accuracy and detail. Key features of Intermap's technology include:
- Sensors and technology that collect 25-centimeter resolution IFSAR imagery
- Production of 50-centimeter resolution digital surface models
- Production of 1-meter resolution digital terrain models with full canopy foliage penetration