Environment

Big Data Spots Endangered Species

11th Dec `13, 08:32 PM in Environment

To find out whether a species is at risk of becoming endangered, scientists typically spend years painstakingly monitoring…

BDMS
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To find out whether a species is at risk of becoming endangered, scientists typically spend years painstakingly monitoring animals.

Now, powerful computing systems are starting to disrupt that slow process, an influential environmental group says. Applying big data analysis to images from the rain forest, Conservation International found that animal species scientists did not think were at risk are actually experiencing sizable population declines.

They found populations were dropping by roughly 30% among anteaters, armadillos, civets, wild boars, shrews, and moon rats.

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