Anastasia Balova

March 30, 2023

What are the best solutions for biodiversity monitoring and mapping

Biodiversity monitoring and mapping are critical for understanding and conserving biodiversity. It is important for human well-being, providing food, medicine, and recreation, as well as ecological services such as pollination, nutrient cycling, and soil formation.

RFI brand photoshoot in Espoo, Finland. Two Environmental Specialists marking their location on a digital map in a forest, Nuuksio National Park.
“Up to date and accurate environmental data is critical to National Highways and were able to develop bespoke solutions that were focused on generating habitat data using remote sensing. They had a strong understanding of our key drivers and challenges, which means they were well placed to provide insights and methodologies that could effectively support delivery of our environmental commitments.” ~ Ben Hewlett, Senior Environmental Advisor – Safety, Engineering and Standards, Highways England
Biodiversity Mapping and Monitoring
Monitoring and mapping biodiversity involves collecting and analyzing data about the distribution, abundance, and diversity of living organisms in a particular ecosystem. Using this data, we can gain a better understanding of ecosystem health, identify areas with high biodiversity, track changes in biodiversity over time, and make informed conservation and management decisions.
Field Surveys
Field surveys involve direct observation and sampling of living organisms in a given area. This is a traditional method of biodiversity mapping and monitoring, and it can provide detailed and accurate information on the distribution and abundance of individual species.
However, field surveys are time-consuming and costly, and they may not be feasible for large-scale mapping and monitoring projects. In addition, they may not provide a comprehensive view of biodiversity, as some species may be difficult to observe or sample.
Remote Sensing
Satellites or aerial images are used in remote sensing to gather data about the surface of the Earth. The data can be used as a tool for identifying high biodiversity areas, tracking biodiversity changes over time, as well as informing conservation and management plans.
Remote sensing can be carried out using a range of sensors, including optical, radar, and lidar sensors. Each of these sensors has its strengths and limitations, and the best solution depends on the specific needs and goals of the project.
Optical sensors, for example, are good at detecting vegetation and water, while radar sensors can penetrate clouds and vegetation to detect land cover and surface features. The use of lidar sensors can provide detailed information about forests and ecosystems in 3D.
Back in Time
The purpose of back-in-time mapping and monitoring is to understand changes in biodiversity over time by using historical records such as maps, photographs, and written accounts. Species distribution and abundance can be determined from this, as well as how human activities have affected ecosystems historically.
Back in time mapping and monitoring can be carried out using a range of methods, including historical ecology, paleoecology, and archaeology. Each of these methods has its strengths and limitations, and the best solution depends on the specific needs and goals of the project.
To understand biodiversity changes over time, historical ecology uses historical records and ecological data. Human activities can have a significant impact on ecosystems and can be useful for guiding conservation and management strategies. 
In paleoecology, fossil records are studied to understand biodiversity changes over geological time. Species distributions and abundances can be traced historically, as well as the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems. 
By studying human artifacts and other evidence, archaeologists can discover how biodiversity has changed over time. Using this information can provide valuable insight into the impacts of human activities on ecosystems as well as help guide conservation and management efforts.
Galago is the leading Solution for Biodiversity Mapping and Monitoring
Galago provides a comprehensive biomonitoring and mapping solution powered by geospatial intelligence. Using satellite imagery and drones along with AI algorithms, Galago provides highly accurate, timely, and accurate information on the surface of the Earth. By doing so, Galago can identify changes in biodiversity across a variety of ecosystems.
Galago offers several advantages over traditional biodiversity mapping and monitoring methods, including:
Comprehensive Data Coverage
Galago provides comprehensive data coverage of the Earth's surface, allowing users to identify and track changes in biodiversity across a wide range of ecosystems.
High-Resolution Imagery
Galago provides high-resolution imagery that allows users to identify and track individual species and habitats over time. This high-resolution imagery is critical for mapping and monitoring biodiversity, as it allows users to identify and track changes in species distribution and abundance.
Galago provides high levels of customization, allowing users to select specific areas of interest and receive detailed and actionable information. Users can pinpoint the areas of importance to them, whether it's a particular species, a habitat, or a whole ecosystem.
Advanced Features
3D modeling, object recognition, and change detection are among the advanced features Galago provides. Individual trees or buildings can be identified and tracked over time using these features. It is particularly useful for identifying and tracking changes in species distribution and abundance, as well as changes in habitat quality and quantity, during the mapping and monitoring of biodiversity.
User-Friendly Interface
Galago has a simple and intuitive interface that allows users to easily navigate and understand reports including geospatial data. This makes it a valuable tool for companies who want to buy AI-powered drones and use Galago’s Platform for bespoke geospatial data analysis.
Field surveys and manual image analysis are traditional methods for mapping and monitoring biodiversity. Galago is a cost-effective alternative. Galago provides accurate and timely information at a lower cost by combining satellite and drone imagery with AI.
Back in Time Mapping and Monitoring
Galago provides back in time mapping and monitoring capabilities, allowing users to analyse historical imagery and data to understand changes in biodiversity over time. This can provide valuable information on the historical distribution and abundance of species, as well as the impacts of human activities on ecosystems.
Monitoring and mapping biodiversity is critical to understanding and conserving biodiversity. Galago is the best solution for this important task, offering comprehensive data coverage, high-resolution imagery, customization, advanced features, user-friendly interface, cost-effectiveness, and back in time mapping and monitoring capabilities. With Galago, landowners, conservationists, and developers can make informed decisions about how to conserve and protect their natural assets.

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