INTRIGUING IMAGE OF THE WEEK
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS & TRENDS
- Air Shepherd Uses Drones and Predictive Analytics to Combat Poaching in Africa
An alarming increase in poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa has led to some innovative approaches to combat the growing problem. Air Shepherd, an initiative of the Lindbergh Foundation, uses unmanned aircraft systems to monitor animals in South Africa.
- UAS Utility Inspection Tested
Researchers and industry are collaborating on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to make pipeline inspection easier, safer and more economical. A recent UAS inspection covered 11 miles of Colonial Pipeline Company right of way in rural Virginia. The flight was conducted by the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech with support from Pipeline Research Council International.
- UNICEF’s Voices of Youth Maps Creates a Digital Map of Climate Risk
Voices of Youth Maps is a collaboration between UNICEF and local governments to bring about positive change through direct engagement with youth groups. The global effort to create digital maps that depict everyday realities focused on natural disasters recently with a culminating presentation at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.
- Datasets Added to Data.gov Ecosystem Vulnerability Theme
Five new datasets were added to Data.gov’s Ecosystem Vulnerability theme as part of the Climate Data Initiative. The datasets include the California Ocean Uses Atlas, the Environmental Sensitivity Index Threatened and Endangered Species REST Services, the U.S. Forest Service’s Forests to Faucets modeling and mapping data, the National Wildlife Chemical Effects Database, and the Threatened and Endangered Terrestrial Animal Species Richness database.