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Human-Driven Extinction of Birds

Researchers using models an records calculate that as many as 11% of all bird species have gone extinct since the Late Pleistocene.

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physical geography

A weather model with a yellow to greens color gradient showing wind speed.

Weather Forecasting Using Artificial Intelligence

GraphCast is a Google DeepMind effort that uses deep learning to improve medium-range weather forecasting.

Maps showing age of forest stands (left) and estimate tree canopy heights (right).

Measuring Tree Height With a Two-Satellite Constellation

Researchers are using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from colocated satellites to estimate tree canopy height.

Two maps - the top has a deep blue to deep red raster temperature layer for an area in South Africa and the bottom has deep blue to deep red dots to represent individual elephant locations with temperature sensors.

Using Animals to Collect Weather Data

Scientists suggest using sensors on wildlife to collect fine-grained weather data about the environments these animals move around in.

A salt marsh pond in Plum Island, MA (on the left), alongside a tidal creek (on the right).

How Sea Level Rise Will Affect Salt Marshes

Researchers have calculated that about 90 percent of salt marshes are under threat from rising sea levels predicted to occur by the year 2100.

A shaded relief map with green overlay showing the historic range of the American Chestnut.

American Chestnut: the Struggle to Save the ‘Redwood of the East’

Scientists and conservationists are working to rescue the American Chestnut from going completely extinct.

Human Geography

An AI drawing of a cite with buildings organized in circles.

Using AI to Design Cities

Researchers now are trying to use artificial intelligence techniques, including deep reinforcement learning, to design more efficient and sustainable urban spaces.