tracking wildlife water sources in Africa and Asia

WWF and partners are developing cutting edge modelling using satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to map and monitor wildlife water holes over time, to help locate and prioritize anti-poaching efforts, by predicting, based on climate and historical trends, if a water source is wet or dry at any time of the year. Field data, collected via mobile app calibrate the models, and the outputs of waterhole status -highly confidential- are disseminated directly to wildlife managers via whatsapp or dedicated mobile apps. The result is accurate and targeted information to drive anti-poaching and wildlife management efforts - and identify the most critical water holes for protection, or potential re-wetting in the dry season.   See this recent article on ephemeral water holes and wildlife migration.

Interested in working with us on new algorithms to map unique habitats? Get in touch.  

Tags: Mapping, monitoring, Sentinel, water, wildlife

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