Tech meets tradition for rainforest conservation project
NASA and UCLA use International Space Station to learn how animals disperse seeds in Congo Basin.
Smith, director of UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research, began studying rainforests over 35 years ago. Then, the most advanced way to track animals was through very high frequency radios, which had a range of 25 square kilometers and required two researchers to stand several kilometers from each other using hand-held antennas. The International Space Station effectively multiplies that range by over 10 million, and researchers don’t have to move an inch.
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