Big data shows tropical mammals on the decline

The world’s largest remote camera trap initiative—monitoring 275 species in 17 protected areas—is getting some big data assistance from Hewlett-Packard (HP). To date, the monitoring program known as the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network has taken over 1.5 million photos of animals in 14 tropical countries, but conservationists have struggled with how to quickly evaluate the flood of data.
“Until now, the right data, the technology and scale have been noticeably missing from our field,” noted Peter Seligmann head of Conservation International (CI), a partner of TEAM. “What once took a team of scientists weeks, months or more to analyze can now be done by a single person in hours.”

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