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Kalteng Consultants Company Profile, Oct 2010

Kalteng Consultants Company Profile, Oct 2010

The Aims:
Kalteng Consultants is executing research projects by remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques to investigate the evolution and the economic potential of the resources in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. By multi-spectral and multi-temporal image analysis we evaluate peatlands, the environmental importance of tropical forest and the agricultural potential as well as wildlife conservation aspects.

The Region:
Central Kalimantan has approximately 20% of tropical peatlands with peat swamp forests which are under danger by heavy clearing of the forest and by strong fires in the opened peatlands during dry season. We get good information about this area by satellite images and by aerial photos taken from planes.

The Company:
Kalteng Consultants has been working in the Indonesian Province of Central Kalimantan since 1995. At the beginning small projects were accomplished in cooperation with the German GTZ, the British ODA (now DFID), and the German Helicopter company Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH. As output students have written theses and papers have been published. Small projects were done in mining and oil exploration of Central Kalimantan.Kalteng Consultants has an office in Central Kalimantan since 2001 (Jalan Tjilik Riwut km 36, No.33, Rungan Sari, Sei Gohong, Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, 73225, Indonesia) and is represented by Mr. Mustafa Syafrudin.

Depending on project size, the company has a staff of two or three and employs students on a project basis. Kalteng Consultants is working in cooperation with experts of the University of Palangka Raya and with Wetlands International with headquarter in Wageningen, NL.

The following research projects were handled together with partners from European and Asian Universities between 1998 and 2007. Kalteng Consultants always worked on the remote sensing and GIS part of these projects:

  • European Union-Project: EUTROP-Project; Natural Resource Functions, Biodiversity and sustainable Management of Tropical Peatlands - EU-Contract No: ERB IC18-CT98-0260, Duration: (10/1998 - 9/2002)
  • European Union-Project: The STRAPEAT-Project; Strategies for implementing sustainable Management of Peatlands in Borneo  - EU-Contract No: ICA4-CT-2001-10098; Dec. 2001 - Nov. 2004
  • European Union-Project: RESTORPEAT-Project: Restoration of tropical Peatland to promote sustainable use of renewable natural Resources - EU-Contract No. : INCO-CT2004-510931; 2004-2007

Current Activity:
In August 2007 Kalteng Consultants carried out with Milan Geoservice a large Airborne Laser Scanner (ALS, also called LiDAR-Scanning) campaign in Central Kalimantan for the Central Kalimantan Peatland Project (CKPP) contracted by Wetlands International and the University of Palangka Raya in the frame of The Netherlands environmental project. The objective was to achieve precise Digital Elevation Model (DEM). Especially in Elevation the guaranteed resolution was ±0.15m and in x and y ±0.5m measured by helicopter with LiDAR equipment.

This project has shown the importance of the LiDAR-technology for tropical forests and fragile peatlands. The Peat Swamp Forest (PSF) was penetrated by 3% to 5% of the Laser-beams. Precise profiles of the peat dome and single tree heights were measured and the depth of fires scars determined in 2008 and 2009. With the tree-height the above-ground biomass can be calculated for the REDD application.

The topography of peatland including the hydrology has been analysed in Central Kalimantan and Ortho-Photos and Ortho-Photo-Mosaiks are available.
The mature ALS-/LIDAR-technology can also be used in other provinces of Indonesia as well as in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

(Output of research projects)
1. Boehm, H.-D.V., Haisch, S. and Friauf, E. (1995) Environmental Helicopter with Modular Sensor Concept: Example on Forestry Monitoring. Paper presented at the Conference on Remote Sensing and GIS, Jakarta, Indonesia June 6-8, 1995.
2. Boehm, H.-D.V. and Siegert, F. (2000) Application of remote sensing and GIS to monitor Peatland multi-temporally in Central Kalimantan. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Tropical Peatland – TROPEAT, Bogor, Indonesia, November 1999, pp 329-347.
3. Susan E. Page, Florian Siegert, John O. Rieley, Hans-Dieter Viktor Boehm, Adi Jaya and Suwido H. Limin (2002), The Amount of Carbon released from Peat and Forest Fires in Indonesia during 1997, in Nature, Vol. 420, 7th November 2002
4. Boehm, H.-D.V., Siegert, F., Limin, S.H. and Jaya, A. (2003) Land Use Change in Central Kalimantan over the Period 1991 - 2001 including Impacts of Selective and Illegal Logging, MRP Establishment and Fires. Proceedings of the International Symposium on “Land Management and Biodiversity in Southeast Asia”, Bali, Indonesia, Sept. 17-20, 2002, ISBN4-9901827-0-7, March 2003.
5. Boehm, H.-D.V., (2004) Land cover change on peatland in Kalimantan Indonesia between 1999 and 2003, Proceedings of the 12th International Peat Congress, Tampere, Finland 6 – 11 June 2004
6. Boehm, H.-D.V. and Siegert, F. (2004) The impact of logging on land use change in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. International Peat Journal, 12: 3 – 10.
7. Boehm, H.-D.V., Ramirez O.I. and Bustillo D. (2005) Environmental field trials and GIS image analysis in the Tangkiling district along the river Rungan in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, held during the International Symposium in Palangka Raya 23 September 2005 and in preparation for the proceedings.
8. Boehm, H.-D.V., (2006) Precise Measurements of Peatland Topography and Tree/Canopy Height with a High-Resolution Airborne Laser-Scanner to calculate Carbon- and Bio-Mass, presented during the Workshop on Vulnerability of Carbon Pools of Tropical Peatlands in Asia, Pekanbaru, Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia, 24-26 January 2006
9. Boehm, H.-D.V., Sulistiyanto, Y. (2006). Carbon Storage in the Northern Sebangau Area between Tangkiling and Kasongan, Central Kalimantan held during 5th European Conference on Ecological Restoration 2006 Paper for SER2006 in Greifswald, Germany 21th – 25th Aug. 2006
10. Boehm, H.-D.V., Sulistiyanto, Y. (2006). Peat depth, minerals below peat, carbon, fires and its characteristics a long transect between Tangkiling and Kasongan, Central Kalimantan held at the International Workshop of Tropical Rain Forest and Boreal Forest Disturbance and Their Affects on Global Warming in Palangka Raya, Indonesia on 18. Sept. 2006
11. Boehm, H-D.V., Rieley, J., Limin S., Frank J., Syafrudin M., (2007) Successful Helicopter Flight Trials with Airborne Laser Scanning Technology to measure PSF height and Peat domes in Central Kalimantan. International Symposium, Workshop and Seminar on Tropical Peatland, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 27 - 31 August 2007 “Carbon - Climate - Human Interactions - Carbon Pools, Fire, Mitigation, Restoration and Wise Use”
12. Boehm, H-D.V., Frank, J. (2008), Peat Dome Measurements in Tropical Peatlands of Central Kalimantan with a high-resolution Airborne Laser Scanner to achieve Digital Elevation Models. 13th International Peat Congress 8 to 13 June 2008, Tullamore, Ireland, Section 5: Tropical Peatlands
13. Grafil, L.B. (2009) M.Sc-Thesis, An Investigation of LiDAR Data Processing in Kalimantan, presented on 26.2.2009 at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, University of Applied Sciences.
14. Boehm, H-D.V, Liesenberg, Frank, J. (2010), Relating tree height variations to peat dome slope in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia using small-footprint airborne LiDAR data, presented during 10th Silvilaser International Conference, Freiburg, Germany, 14.-17.Sept.

Oct. 2010 Tax-number-Munich: 144/154/20391