Topic:“Astro-Ecology”: using astrophysics research techniques to help tackle challenges facing the planet
SPEAKER: Professor Steve Longmore
Astrophysics Research Institute,
Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
Steve is a Professor of Astrophysics within the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) and head of the ARI’s Astro-Ecology group. His astrophysics research aims to understand how the Universe evolves over cosmic time to produce the spectacular variety of stars, planets and life we see today. In particular, he is interested in understanding how clouds of gas in space collapse to form star
systems, and how changes in these gas clouds might alter the way in which stars, planets and ultimately life may evolveSteve also has a keen interest in applying astronomical techniques to tackle problems a little closer to home, such as conservation of endangered species, helping search and rescue teams identify the optimal way to nd people, or trying to stop peat res that are a major contributor to climate change.
(Professor Steve Longmore) I will describe how we are using astrophysics research techniques to help ecologists protect ecosystems, save critically endangered animal species, and stop peat forest res that are a major contributor to climate change. Building on technological and software innovations in astronomy, our “Astro-Ecology” team have developed a drone plus thermal infrared imaging system and an associated automated detection and identification pipeline that provides a cost-eective and efficient way to automatically detect animals and peat res. I will describe the current status of the system and our efforts to enable local communities to run routine monitoring and management of animal populations and peat res over large and inhospitable areas, and thereby tackle global biodiversity loss and climate change.
Professor Longmore will describe how techniques used to observe and understand the earliest phases of star and planet formation, such as in the dark cloud known as G0.253+0.016 (seen here in this NASA Spitzer Space Telescope image from Benjamin et al and Churchwell et al -top) can be used in the protection of wildlife such as these rhinos (as seen in infrared light – bottom).
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