Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mumbai uses GPS to create tree census, protect trees; Mumbai, India; 4/21/09

Tree tracking goes hi-tech Livemint - Delhi,Delhi,India
This time around, Terracon’s botanists will be out on the field with equipment that can determine the exact location of a tree using global positioning system, or GPS, a satellite-based technology typically used in vehicle navigation and location-based information search. Each unit, costing around Rs85,000, records the latitude and longitude of a tree, achieving an accuracy of within 5m. In addition, the botanists will record other details such as the height, canopy and condition of each tree in digital format, all of which will be transferred to a master information system that will plot the data on maps. This will make it easier to audit data and regulate illegal or irregular tree felling.

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