Astro - Ecology; saving endangered animals with software for stars

Animals are going extinct at a rate not seen since the dinosaurs vanished. Astro-ecology is a world first collaboration between astrophysicists and conservation ecologists with the aim of helping solve this crisis.

Dr. Claire Burke, LJMU, will explain how using thermal infrared cameras mounted to drones, animals can be detected by their body heat day or night. Combining the technical expertise of astronomers with the conservation knowledge of ecologists, Claire's team aims to develop a system that is easy to for conservationists and game wardens to use anywhere in the world, which will allow endangered animals to be tracked, found and monitored easily so poaching can be stopped before it happens.

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