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An eye on habitat change

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Project Twitter: @terrai_ciat

  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Data

Terra-i is an artificial intelligence program that uses real-time rainfall data to predict how green a given habitat should be. It then matches that prediction against images of the habitat from an Earth-monitoring satellite. Differences in greenness between what is predicted and what is observed – right down to the pixel – suggest habitat conversion by human activity.

What’s really clever is that terra-i ‘learns’ as it analyses, using a neural network to ‘learn’ which actual levels of greenness go with which amounts of precipitation during the year. The result allows conservationists a view of forests and other habitats across an entire continent.

Last updated: 12th of September, 2016

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