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Contract to identify NZ forest loss using AI

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Wellington technology start-up Lynker Analytics has been selected by New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment (the Ministry) to lead a consortium including UAV Mapping NZ and Carbon Forest Services to inventory the extent of forest loss in New Zealand during 2017 and 2018. Each year 40,000 – 50,000 hectares of forest is harvested in New Zealand as part of normal …

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Climate right for raising tech funds

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Startups are capitalising on renewed interest in environmental solutions after Australia’s bushfires brought climate change to the front of investors’ minds.  “We’ve got a problem in front of us. If we don’t act, it will get worse. Where there’s a problem, there’s a market,” co-founder of AirSeed Technologies Andrew Walker said.  Late last year in the Friday Offcuts newsletter, we covered the …

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Use of drones for precision forestry in the Congo

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Interholco is a global provider of wood, a leading company on international markets since 1962, producing and selling logs, lumber and laminated scantlings. Interholco combines industrial processes with a dedication to nature and beauty, transforming African wood into the ideal fit for their customers. Social and environmental responsibility is at the heart of their business to guarantee well-being to those …

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Weed control tool launched

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The concept of the STA logger (pronounced sta, not S.T.A) has been around for a long time, but increases in hardware and software capabilities coupled with decreases in costs soon made the product feasible. It was designed in 2018 and prototyped and field-tested in 2019. A beta batch of units was released in mid-2019 with the official commercial launch of the logger …

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Harvest residue assessment using remotely piloted aircrafts

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Post-harvest forest residue surveys are crucial for assessing harvest efficiency; accounting for merchantable waste, marketable fiber for secondary use, or available bioenergy biomass; compliance of ecological objectives such as coarse woody debris or understanding carbon budgets. Conventional ground methods are intensive and could be considered demanding in terms of resources and cost. Democratization of new disruptive technologies such as remotely …

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The smartphone as a professional mapping tool

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To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are suitable for use as such professionally depends not only on the built-in sensors, but also on the available computing power, RAM and data storage capacity. For data acquisition, a smartphone …

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The world’s smallest supercomputer could completely change the drone industry

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Last week, NVIDIA announced the world’s smallest supercomputer, designed for artificial intelligence “at the edge.”  This technology – the continued miniaturization of incredibly powerful computing systems – could transform the drone industry. AI is a buzz word in the drone industry today. Software, hardware and sensor producers all claim to provide “AI-driven insights” or “AI-driven safety.”  One of the examples …

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NASA forest structure mission releases first data

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NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation mission (GEDI) released its first publicly available data on January 21, 2020, giving researchers access to measurements of forests around the world. GEDI (pronounced like the Jedi of “Star Wars” fame) surveys Earth’s forests from aboard the International Space Station, using its three lasers to construct detailed 3-dimensional (3D) maps of forest canopy height and the distribution of …