AMMOD: Automated Multisensor station for Monitoring Of species Diversity
Team: Paul Bodesheim, Dimitri Korsch, Daphne Auer, Julia Böhlke
Joint Research Project
Climate change is affecting ecosystems all over the world, causing irreversible loss of biodiversity. Since humans are the main contributors to the situation, it is our responsibility to closely monitor the effects of climate change in order to take action for the living beings in our environment in a targeted way.
The goal of all AMMOD project partners is therefore to monitor biological diversity in Germany using new technologies. To this end, prototypes for so-called AMMOD stations are to be set up in German forests within the 3-years project period. These are equipped with sensors for recording animal sounds and plant emissions, with animal cameras for birds, mammals and insects, and with automated insect and pollen sample collectors for monitoring by DNA barcoding. These recordings will be used to generate a solid data pool that will enable the analysis of change and possible trends. For instance, we want to use the detected species to determine their population and record the change over a long period of time.
The visual information will be analyzed, in part, by the the researchers at the Computer Vision Group in Jena. The Moth Scanner and the Novelty Detection, Life-Long Learning and Classification sub-tasks of the visual AMMOD System (visAMMOD) will be tackled here.
Find more information on the project homepage of the joint research project. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).