This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
Edinburgh based satellite firm Space Intelligence has joined forces with the Scottish Wildlife Trust to use AI to protect the natural environment. By intelligently processing large amounts of satellite data, wildlife habitat can be more accurately mapped than ever before, increasing the efficiency and success rate of restoration, connection and protection initiatives.
Satellites operated by both NASA and the European Space Agency will be used to gather the information before advanced AI technologies analyse the vast streams of information. It is hoped that if successful, similar projects could roll out across the UK providing vital protection and restoration impacts on the natural world.
The initiative is one of seven winning projects awarded £15,000 from the AI for Good programme, which looks to showcase Scottish talent when it comes to using AI. It shows that large sums of money are not always needed to help the environment when intelligence, innovation and determination are maximised.