JGI Teams Up With NASA To Monitor Chimpanzee Habitat Health

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:20am
In 2012, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) announced a new goal; to protect 85% of chimpanzees and their habitat over the next 30 years. This will be no easy task, as the ever-increasing rate of habitat loss is forcing wild chimpanzee populations closer and closer to extinction.
JGI is proud to announce a new project that the Institute is implementing with its partners to help us monitor the health of chimpanzee habitat areas, thus allowing us to plan the most effective conservation strategies possible. The project focuses on developing a decision support system (DSS) that uses a combination of modeling, data gathered from remote sensing, and crowd-sourced field data to monitor chimpanzee habitat health.
Until now, there was no system with the ability to systematically monitor spatially-explicit data on consistent and wide-ranging biological variables. Now, however, JGI will be able to use the DSS to access real-time data on chimpanzee populations. This data will alert JGI to any threats currently facing those populations, and will allow JGI to implement the most efficacious conservation plans possible to ensure the survival of chimpanzees.
This project will also incorporate the use of community-based, crowd-sourced data collected by people living in communities located in chimpanzee habitat areas.  Using smartphones, tablets, mobile mapping applications and Google cloud-based technologies, these community members will provide JGI with valuable information about if/how human activity is impacting wildlife presence in the area.
If you would like to learn more about this effort, click to enlarge this informative poster created by JGI scientist, Lilian Pintea.

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