Machine Learning against poaching and illegal logging

At the IUCN's World Conservation Congress I ran into two applications of machine learning (ML) to guard protected areas against direct detrimental human activity. Both stories are success stories but also both applications are in their early phases. In this post, I will compare the two and ask a couple of common sense questions that may be of interest for the long-term viability of the approaches.

Machine learning for dummies

This started as a post about particular applications of machine learning (or ML) in protected area management, but while writing the 'one paragraph' introduction into machine learning, it became two paragraphs and then some more. Then it became a post in itself. Obviously, you will find other introductions if you search for them. I suggest... Continue Reading →

Sea Turtle Research Databases

June 2020 At Osa Conservation (where I am currently doing volunteer work), sea turtle research has been going on for at least ten years. Data about the sea turtles, their nests and the hatchlings, is written down in note books during the beach patrols. Later, this data is collected in one or more spreadsheets. Over... Continue Reading →

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