Towards a Worldwide Environmental Monitoring Network

CyberTracker Conservation is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to promote the development of a worldwide environmental monitoring network.

Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity may have serious impacts on human welfare. To anticipate and prevent negative impacts will require ongoing long-term monitoring of all aspects of the environment.

From its origins with the Kalahari Bushmen, CyberTracker projects have been initiated to monitor gorillas in the Congo, snow leopards in the Himalayas, butterflies in Switzerland, the Sumatran rhino in Borneo, jaguars in Costa Rica, birds in the Amazon, wild horses in Mongolia, dolphins in California, marine turtles in the Pacific and whales in Antarctica.

CyberTracker is being used by indigenous communities, in national parks, scientific research, citizen science, environmental education, forestry, farming, social surveys, health surveys, crime prevention and disaster relief.

Our ultimate vision is that smart phone users worldwide will use CyberTracker to capture observations on a daily basis. Data streaming into the Internet will make it possible to visualise changes in the global ecosystem in real time

CyberTracker software has been downloaded more than 70 000 times and the CyberTracker website has been visited from more than 210 countries.

World Map image courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.