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Satellites help Central Australian land management

Australia: Satellite imagery is being used to help Central Australian land managers learn new ways to care for their properties. The Ecosystem Management Understanding, or EMU project, combines pastoralists’ knowledge and satellite imagery to build an overall picture of the land’s condition.

The project’s Hugh Pringle says it’s about targeting problem areas to grow more grass.”So focus on the most healthy landscapes that have real problems that you could fix in a few days of work on the ground, and know that for the next 10, 20, 30 years that productive country is going to stay productive,” he says. “Whereas, if you hadn’t worked out what was going on, in 20 years’ time that country would look like cement as well.”