Feb 8, 2023 | earth and environment

About this episode

Our planet’s oceans are undergoing significant challenges. Overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction, and the effects of climate change are devastating some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse habitats. To inform conservation efforts for fragile marine ecosystems, we need to properly characterise the habitats and sea-life in shallow water areas. Collecting data underwater poses its own unique challenges though, so Dr Talicia Pillay and her team at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa focus on developing powerful remote sensing and computing technologies to aid ocean research.

Original Article Reference

This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Benthic habitat mapping from a machine learning perspective on the Cape St Francis inner shelf, Eastern Cape, South Africa’, in Marine Geology.

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