Emily Darling & Kim Fisher - The Challenges of Mapping Coral Reefs When Satellites Can't See Them - #MBM 23
Minds Behind MapsJune 15, 2022
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Emily Darling & Kim Fisher - The Challenges of Mapping Coral Reefs When Satellites Can't See Them - #MBM 23

Emily Darling & Kim Fisher both work at the Wildlife Conservation Society, respectively as the Director of Coral Reef & as Spatial Analyst. They have developed MERMAID, a platform enabling coral reef scientists to aggregate & share their data together. One of the main challenges they tackle being most measurements need to happen in the field as opposed to being able to leverage satellite imagery.

Emily Darling & Kim Fisher both work at the Wildlife Conservation Society, respectively as the Director of Coral Reef & as Spatial Analyst. They have developed MERMAID, a platform enabling coral reef scientists to aggregate & share their data together. One of the main challenges they tackle being most measurements need to happen in the field as opposed to being able to leverage satellite imagery. 

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Timestamps

  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 03:07 - Kim & Emily presenting themselves
  • 07:49 - Computer Science & Data at the service of Science
  • 17:30 - A symbiotic relationship Software Engineering & Marine Biology
  • 23:38 - High level overview of what MERMAID is
  • 26:52 - What problem does MERMAID solve?
  • 32:28 - Getting traction on a scientific tool
  • 37:37 - Stories on top of the data
  • 46:00 - Another simple question: Why is coral reef important?
  • 49:55 - Working with Policy Makers
  • 55:28 - Coral Reef is still measured with pen & paper
  • 1:01:55 - Partnering with SparkGeo, a geospatial consultancy
  • 1:10:54 - Thinking about projects over the long term
  • 1:12:45 - Financing a Non-Profit project
  • 1:19:40 - Transparency in Non-Profits through Open-Source
  • 1:25:45 - The impact of Data Science on Emily’s work
  • 1:29:01 - Book & Podcast Recommendations

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