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Case studies

Find out how artificial intelligence is used around the world to protect biodiversity

  • Photograph of a seabird surrounded by plastic

    Detecting plastic litter in natural environments

    The Ocean Cleanup is using artificial intelligence algorithms to identify and remove plastics from natural environments before they harm wildlife. Contributor Laurent [...]

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    Monitoring the behaviour of seals with accelerometers

    Marine predators are crucial components of marine food webs. To conserve these species it is necessary to understand how they respond to environmental challenges. Researchers from Macquarie [...]

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    Identifying invasive predators in New Zealand

    The Cacophony Project, a New Zealand based organisation, is using the latest technology to lure, identify and eliminate invasive predators. This involved heat cameras, AI identification, sound [...]

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    Finding poachers on the ground with drones

    Africa is losing its most at-risk species due to poaching. At the current rate, elephants and rhinos will be extinct in the next 10 years. The company [...]

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    Recognising the birdsong in cities

    Artificial intelligence is learning how to identify birdcalls, enabling scientists to discover the location and number of New Zealand endemic birds. Knowing where the birds are and [...]