Camera Drone in Tropical Rainforest

6 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Helping Tropical Forests Recover

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The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) could be seen as a move away from nature, but in reality, AI isn’t a threat but a powerful ally.

A recent study[1] showcased the role AI can play in preserving our planet, particularly tropical forests. September 2022 went down in history as a record-breaking month for deforestation in the Amazon, the world’s largest and most important rainforest.[2]

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Camera view looking up at tropical rainforest trees

Here are 6 ways artificial intelligence is helping tropical forest recovery.

1. Monitoring and Detection:

AI helps by using satellite imagery and drones to fly over forests and get an ariel view, to monitor and detect deforestation and illegal logging.

This information is vital for understanding the state of the forest and planning effective recovery strategies.

2. Detecting future threats:

AI can analyse historical data to predict future trends in deforestation, like the impact of climate change. This helps conservationists and policymakers use their money and time where it will be most needed against potential threats to tropical forests.

3. Automated planting systems:

AI-driven robots and planting systems can make replanting more efficient in reforestation projects. These technologies can automatically tell where the right types of trees are planted for optimal biodiversity and ecosystem restoration. This maximises the success of tree planting initiatives.

Hummingbird in tropical forest. 6 Ways AI Helps Forests.

4. Wildlife conservation:

AI can analyse images taken by cameras placed in traps that monitor and protect wildlife in tropical forests. This helps conservationists track endangered species, identify poaching threats, and put targeted conservation measures in place.

5. Community engagement and social media:

AI can process and analyse data from social media, monitoring what people are most interested and engaged with. For example, finding out what local people think of the current conservation initiatives. This can help raise funds, get the community involved and spread effective messages.

6. Fire Prevention and management:

AI-driven early warning systems can analyse weather patterns, historical data, and satellite imagery to predict and prevent forest fires. These early warning systems enable rapid response and intervention to protect tropical forests from fire-related damage.

By harnessing the power of AI, researchers, conservationists, and policymakers can make more informed decisions in super quick time. These technological advancements contribute to the overall goal of achieving sustainable and resilient ecosystems in the face of environmental challenges.

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[1] Müller, Jörg, et al. “Soundscapes and deep learning enable tracking biodiversity recovery in tropical forests.” Nature communications 14.1 (2023): 6191.
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