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Mapping Biodiversity to Support Nature Needs Half Mapping Biodiversity to Support Nature Needs Half The CAO is the most scientifically advanced, aircraft-based mapping and data analytics program operating in the civil sector today. The CAO airborne laboratory is equipped with the Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System, or AToMS. AToMS integrates high-fidelity Visible to Shortwave Infrared (VSWIR; 400-2500 nm) imaging spectrometers with unique laser scanning sensors capable of collecting 3-dimensional ecosystem data at fine spatial resolution. A single overpass of AToMS generates thousands of layers of information on vegetation, soils, topography, and animal habitat. The CAOs 3-D imagery has served as an effective form of outreach to world leaders, conservationists, managers and everyday citizens. The CAO has demonstrated its powerful ability to deliver significant new discoveries in dozens of arenas, such as previously undetected illegal gold mining in the Amazon; animal hunting behavior in African savannas; ecological conditions promoting malaria and other diseases; undiscovered archeological sites in Hawaii; ecological imprints of drought in California, and much more. CAO data have been provided to thousands of organizations representing the sciences to the arts, music to the fashion industry, and school children around the globe. From 2008 to 2016, the CAO operated in Borneo, California, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Madagascar, Panam, Per, and South Africa. The program has provided high-tech geospatial science support to private and public institutions working to conserve some of the most endangered, biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. CAO maps have played a central role in policy development at the highest levels in the host countries, and they have been center-stage in the United Nations climate change and biodiversity negotiations.
Effective start/end date1/10/1912/31/21


  • Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF): $71,137.00


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