Mongabay: How bioacoustics can transform conservation – Wildtech event in Palo Alto

Satellite imaging has proved to be very useful for forest monitoring, but it’s weakness lies in its inability to analyze what is happening under the tree canopy. This is where bioacoustics come in – using technology to listen to the sounds of the rainforest in real time. Bioacoustics have the power to detect and identify the presence of different species in an area, any slight interferences or changes to populations, and can detect the sound of illegal loggings, such as chainsaws. Rainforest Connection has shown how such audio monitoring can fight deforestation by sending real-time alerts to rangers on the ground so they can intervene. The future of this technology is bright, especially how it can be utilized in all areas of conservation.

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