Snapshot Serengeti: Camera Traps to Monitor Biodiversity in Serengeti National Park, TZ
Camera traps can be used to address large-scale questions in community ecology by providing systematic data on an array of wide-ranging species. These researchers deployed 225 camera traps across 1,125 km2 in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, to evaluate spatial and temporal inter-species dynamics. The cameras have operated continuously since 2010 and had accumulated 99,241 camera-trap days and produced 1.2 million sets of pictures by 2013. Members of the general public classified the images via the citizen-science website Snapshot Serengeti. Multiple users viewed each image and recorded the species, number of individuals, associated behaviours, and presence of young. Over 28,000 registered users contributed 10.8 million classifications. The consensus classifications and raw imagery provide an unparalleled opportunity to investigate multi-species dynamics in an intact ecosystem and a valuable resource for machine-learning and computer-vision research.
This research was featured in a Research Spotlight on the MSI website in July 2015.
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