This article appeared in theconversation.com:
Virtual reality brings new dimension to conservation
Ivy Shih, Editor, The Conversation
Published: April 7, 2016 10:21AM
Virtual reality technology is introducing a new dimension to wildlife conservation by helping researchers anywhere in the world assess the conditions of distant species and environments as if they were on location. The first application has been to better understand the environment of endangered jaguars living in the Peruvian Amazon. This information is being used to improve mathematical and statistical models that predict abundance and location of jaguars, as well as population trends and threats. The approach also has applications in other regions of the world, such as protecting threatened regions of the Great Barrier Reef.
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