Naturalis biodiversity

Case: Naturalis

Partner Naturalis
Assigment Biodiversity research
Type of collaboration Thesis assignments & PhD

Using data science to help preserve biodiversity

Worldwide, 1 million species of plants and animals are on the brink of extinction. A particularly alarming picture for the future of our planet. Human society is also at stake as a result of the biodiversity crisis; We are inextricably linked to nature in terms of food, health and living environment. To turn the tide, monitoring biodiversity is essential. Modern biomonitoring techniques use, among other things, image recognition and DNA to map nature. This provides enormous amounts of data on the state of biodiversity. This data can be used to (better) design nature management. The modern techniques of JADS, in combination with the expertise of Naturalis, offer a promising perspective on the problem.

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biodiversity research at JADS and Naturalis

Understanding and counteracting the decline of populations of insects

The large amount of data generated by innovative biomonitoring provides a complete picture of Dutch nature. New species can be identified, but the state of endangered species can also be better monitored. By questioning the data in the right way, we can, for example, better understand and counteract the decline of populations (for example insects or plants). But how do you draw meaningful conclusions from that huge set of data? That’s where data science and artificial intelligence come into play. Artificial intelligence helps to recognize and validate observations, data science is used to see patterns in nature observations.

Quote from Naturalis

“We can map biodiversity more quickly, monitor it more accurately, that is a major scientific breakthrough. We are happy to cooperate with JADS. We bring expertise together. We recognize the urgency together. ”

– Maaike Romijn, scientific director at Naturalis

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