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Dr. Pintea highlighted emerging technologies that promise to revolutionize the ways we collaborate to map and monitor habitats and threats, from the village to Africa scale. This included community based forest and wildlife monitoring using the Open Data Kit (ODK) app and Android smartphones and tablets; modeling biomass and species distribution using Earth Engine API, Google’s parallel processing platform; accessing 60-cm DigitalGlobe satellite imagery on tablets in remote areas without internet connections through Google Earth Portables, and sharing maps over a variety of devices using ESRI ArcGIS Online and Google Maps Engine. Dr. Pintea discussed lessons learned from community engagement, technology transfer and the actual use of data in supporting conservation decisions.

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