Researchers work with NSF to protect endangered species
Dec 1, 2011
There are a number of governmental regulations in place to protect endangered species, but researchers are working to develop a technological system that gives insight into their lives when humans are not around. The researchers believe this system, which will be worn by animals, will give them a rare look at the group behavior of these animals, helping others to further protect them.
Thanks to a $1.8 million research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers from Princeton University, the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and National Geographic are able to begin their four-year project, titled "Remote Imaging of Community Ecology via Animal-borne Wireless Networks."
The information gathering system that the animals wear will capture video, sound, geo-locations and other data to give the scientists more clues into how they behave. The project will also allow the researchers to develop a knowledge base that will show others how to design, optimize and control these types of devices.
The information gleaned from these systems will give conservationists valuable resources that they can use to help further protect the endangered species.