Get a bird's eye view of the Amazon rainforest canopy and help monitor the long-term health of Amazon rainforests from anywhere in the world
Aerobotany is where centuries-old classic field biology and 21st century cutting edge technology come together, in the middle of the spectacularly diverse and underexplored Amazon rainforest.
Aerobotany is the brain child of Dr. Varun Swamy, an ecologist who’s been doing long-term research in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest since 2003. He believes that citizen scientists can make a valuable contribution towards gathering data that will improve our understanding of the biological rhythms and life cycles of rainforest trees, and help monitor and protect these invaluable rainforest ecosystems in the long term.
Our research site is Tambopata National Reserve, a ~15,000 sq. km protected area in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. We use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (or in everyday parlance …a DRONE) to capture high-resolution imagery of the rainforest canopy that towers over 50 meters above the forest floor.
What can we do with high-resolution aerial imagery of the Amazon rainforest? This is where YOU come in – we need your eyes! By spending less than a minute per image, you can help gather unique data that will contribute directly to long-term research and conservation efforts in Tambopata National Reserve.
Aerobotany is hosted on The Zooniverse - the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.
Your task as an Aerobotanist is to examine images of the rainforest canopy that we’ve uploaded to The Zooniverse and record observations of:
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Dr. Varun Swamy pays for your help with Travel Credits (1 image = $1) to be spent at our rainforest lodges during Science Season. Best of all – he will be around when you visit and will look forward to guiding your up-close exploration of the Amazon rainforest!
Join our research team along with thousands of online citizen scientists - become an Aerobotanist and start earning your Travel Credits today!
Since Aerobotany is hosted on The Zooniverse, you'll first need to register a Zooniverse username so that we can track your accumulation of travel credits.
The International Barcode of Life project is building a DNA barcode library, the foundation of a future DNA-based identification system for every living organism on Earth. At Tambopata, we are contributing by cataloging some the rarest species of insects. Our scientists are discovering on average, one new species per month. We invite our guests to help us make science happen!
A 132 kilometer (82 miles) trail system between Refugio Amazonas and Tambopata Research Center that has 100 camera traps set up at every trail intersection. Photos in these traps are collected once per quarter and uploaded for citizen scientists to identify. We will comprehend the species composition and distributions of fauna dwelling these forests, from the ground up
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