Satellite Lasers for Wildlife (Really!)

Satellite Lasers for Wildlife (Really!)

Since the first manmade object went into orbit in 1957, humans have launched 8,378 objects into space, 4,987 of which are still whizzing above our heads every single day. They represent a diverse display of some of the latest and greatest technologies that help us understand our planet and our impacts to it. Most people are familiar with the satellite imagery that is made available to view at increasingly impressive resolutions. The imagery that comes in at near-real-time has become more and more popular in wildlife conservation for everything from rapid detection of deforestation to counting recovering gray seal populations. And new applications are still being developed every day - many of which you can read about here!

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Lindsay Rosa
Conservation GIS Scientist

As a Conservaion GIS Scientist with the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Lindsay leads geospatial analysis projects to improve conservation policies and practices.