Can Technology Save Biodiveresity

Event Details

  • Date: 06/16/2021 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Host: Center for the Environment at Catawba College
  • Address: 2300 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, North Carolina 28144, US
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Summer Explorations – Can Technology Save BioDiversity? – Ages 14-17
Planet Earth is on the cusp of the 6th great mass extinction. This one is driven not by natural or extra-terrestrial processes, but by humanity. Humanity continues to grow and spread its influence across the world. Every inch of the planet is affected, from deforestation in the Amazon, microplastics in ocean trenches, or changing climates at the poles. Technology will either assist in minimizing our influence on the world, or magnify our impact. This workshop will explore the potential for technology to help save biodiversity and prevent an impending extinction crisis. We will briefly discuss the primary causes of biodiversity loss before diving into emerging technologies, such as drones and satellites, that address drivers of habitat and biodiversity loss. Every participant will fly a drone, inspect satellite imagery, and explore camera traps and GPS collars.

Additional Information

This is one of eight different workshops that will be offered through the Center for the Environment at Catawba College this summer. To learn about other workshops offered, visit Applications are required. The cost of each workshop is $50. Financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis.

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