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BioConsult SH surveys whales from space!

In collaboration with ocean ecologists of the Stony Brook University in New York and HiDef Aerial Surveying Ltd from the UK, BioConsult SH has created a semi-automated process for whale detection from very high-resolution satellite images using deep learning artificial intelligence.

The algorithm was trained to classify whether a tile image was likely to contain a whale. The best model correctly classified 100 % of tiles with whales, and 95 % of tiles containing only water.

While the relatively poor resolution of commercially available satellite images continues to make whale identification a challenging problem, our approach provides the means to efficiently eliminate areas without whales and, in doing so, greatly accelerates whale surveys.

Please refer to our project site for further information.

Humpback whales