From drones to satellites to over-water and upland imagery, GSI leverages computer vision to enhance classic field crew-based surveys.
Computer visions is a rising interdisciplinary service that implements tools that allow computers to gain high level information from digital images or videos. It essentially seeks to train computers to automate tasks that we would normally do, literally, by eye. The automation allows us to analyze not just a handful or a hundred images, but to automate the analysis of thousands of images, such as those obtained from a field camera positioned to observe either human or animal activities for a site-use survey or those taken from a sediment profile imaging (SPI) survey. These methods are also used to analyze satellite derived data for remotely sensed surface water properties or land-use features. Even the analysis of multiple drone surveys over a managed track of land for either invasive plant species monitoring, or wild-fire recovery becomes possible due to the efficiency the use of computer vision methods affords.