Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mapping Wild Camels with Google Maps

CamelScan

Australia is being plagued by feral camels. More than 1 million camels are roaming the Australian desert causing damage to water supplies and disturbing Aboriginal communities.

CamelScan is a new crowdsouced project that allows anyone to report sightings of feral camels in Australia on a Google Map. Through this initiative CamelScan will be able to develop a regional map and national picture of where feral camels occur, and work out where they congregate in different seasons.

By mapping the damage caused by camels, CamelScan can help to identify when, where and how to control feral camels in order to reduce the damage they cause.

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