Counting Elephants From Space

By Julia Xiao

Scientists are using satellite images to count African elephants from space. With satellites, researchers are able to survey 5000 square kilometers of elephant habitat in a single cloud-free day.

All of the elephant counting is done by a machine. This machine is specially coded to identify elephants in a variety of backgrounds.

The scientists are developing this machine algorithm to recognize small details that a human would not be able to recognize with the naked eye.

Scientists say that the satellite could contribute towards anti-poaching causes. It could vastly improve monitoring threatened elephant populations outside of Africa, too. It is also very helpful with social distancing during these times of coronavirus.



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