Cloud Computing to Help Save South Africa's Unique Fynbos

A team of researchers from the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) has developed a method of identifying problems in the Cape's unique fynbos region before irreparable damage is made. With the seasonal fires that sweep through the Cape, its fynbos vegetation is always in a state of recovery. Researchers from the SAEON have won a two-year grant, awarded by Google Earth Engine (GEE) and the international Group on Earth Observation, which will allow the team to use the GEE platform to develop their system and monitor the region's rate of recovery due to seasonal wildfires in real-time.


The fynbos region has seen the second worst number of plant extinctions in the world.

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