Task force embarks on possibility of using remote sensing to map tiger...

Task force embarks on possibility of using remote sensing to map tiger areas in India

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The Tiger Task Force, which is in Karnataka in India, to take stock of the situation and make recommendation to the Centre on policy matter to be adopted for conserving Tiger, has embarked upon using remote sensing technology to map the tiger areas. During a recent Tiger Task Force meeting , the members also debated over if the animal data collection should continued to be done by the forest department or should be done by wildlife biologists and researchers.

In the meeting it was suggested that services from satellites could be availed to map the forest areas. While the maps obtained from remote sensing would give precision up to four meters. Karnataka Chief Wildlife Warden A K Varma explained the model adopted at Dandeli in Karnataka, where the maps were prepared using remote sensing technology. After getting the topo-sheets from satellite, the maps were handed over to beat guards, who helped the remote sensing agency to update the topography of the region.