Technology has completely transformed our lifestyle and now, it is changing the way we investigate and protect planet Earth. Our latest scientific innovations have given us the opportunity to access, collect, organize, analyze, and convey information faster. Below we explain some of this year’s top conservation tech trends that have helped researchers and conservationists.
These are remote cameras widely used in the sampling of wildlife that take photos when a sensor is triggered by a movement and send the image in real-time. These cameras have been modified to decrease the number of “bycatch” photos, which are pictures taken of species that are not the target of the study.
Technology to collect, process, and analyze genetic data
A portable field lab helps us to be able to extract, amplify, and sequence DNA in challenging field conditions. This technology has also provided a method of detecting species’ presence and rapidly identify them.
Combining remote sensing imagery with other types of data
To facilitate monitoring in areas with rugged terrain, a new technology which links high-resolution imagery with camera trap photo data have been improved the monitoring of of hard-to-find species’ populations. Also, the satellite-based alerts make field patrols more effective in order to protect the wildlife in rainforests.
Empathy for wildlife has increased all over the world. Thought apps that enhance real data with augmented reality, people can see what is risk of being lost. These apps have also allowed users to report illegal activities by providing evidence. Some apps offer free online access to environmental laws, which allows the public to know how the law is implemented on determined place.
Online and mobile sharing of data and photos
This method allows people to learn about the species around them, assist research projects, and feel part of a learning community. Also, this way people can contribute to scientist’s work by sharing data.
Unmanned aerial vehicles like drones and satellites have contributed to the collection of habitat data. Open-access online mapping, data sharing platforms and high-resolution images make it possible to observe changes in vegetation, which also makes it easy to monitor and collect information about the vegetation the quickest way possible.
Recent tech developments encourage everyone to help advance biodiversity and ecological research, as well as draw attention to threats and changes to natural systems. If you are an ecological person, you will enjoy your trip with your family and friends, by staying in Yacuma Ecolodge, we promote the protection of the environment and also offer comfortable bungalows built from materials harvested from the rainforest in a sustainable manner. Book your stay with us by clicking here.