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Elena Fernandez-Miranda, Nadine Nolan and Shuning Bian
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage Property, home to 113 plant species that exist nowhere else in the world. To date, 20 species have gone extinct, and up to 50 species are listed as threatened. The world heritage site is working on a holistic island-wide restoration programme to protect this paradise, particularly from invasive species that pose a threat to the island’s unique environment. Dendra Systems is providing aerial mapping and AI technology to accelerate the LHI Board efforts, giving the opportunity to efficiently and accurately identify, locate, and quantify known, new, and emerging invasive weeds. Dendra Systems carried out 100Ha of ecosystem assessment and identified, located, and quantified more than the 10 priority weed species in less than 2 months, including: Round Asparagus (Asparagus aethiopicus), Morning Glory (Ipomoea cairica), Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta), Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius), Coral tree (Erythrina xsykesii), Crofton Weed (Ageratina Adenophora), Formosa Lilly (Lilium formosanum), Tobacco bush (Solanum mauritianum), Bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata), Fleabane (Conyza species), Cherry Guava (Psidium cattleianum), Bridal Creeper (Asparagus asparagoides). Combining data ecology, data science, machine learning and field operations we have accelerated scale, facilitated access to remote areas which reduces personnel risk and empowered an unparalleled control over ecosystem restoration to quickly direct work efforts where they are most needed.
Conference Presentation, SER2021
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