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Monitoring Chimpanzee Habitats in western Tanzania

In partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), NASA scientists have provided assistance in the monitoring, forecasting and conservation of natural resources in regions surrounding the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Between 1972 and 1999, significant deforestation had occurred in the regions outside the boundary of the Gombe National Park to the detriment of the park's chimpanzee population as well as to the that of the villagers living in the region.

In 2005, JGI initiated a forest monitoring program training and in 2009 equipped community members with GPS-enabled Android smart phones and tablets to report their observations on forests threats and wildlife. Combining NASA remote sensing data with citizen science observations facilitated local people to develop and implement land use plans, leading to improved decision making and facilitating the establishment of village forest reserves.

In 2016, the Metropolitan Group developed a 4.5-minute video detailing the story of this collaboration between NASA and JGI. The video shows footage of project activities in Tanzania along with planning meetings using DigitalGlobe and NASA satellite data. The animations shown here were developed to support this production. The complete video is available here.

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Visualization Credits

Cindy Starr (GST): Lead Visualizer
Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Visualizer
Lilian Pintea (The Jane Goodall Institute): Scientist
Corinne Nakamura-Rybak (Metropolitan Group): Producer
Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems): Producer
Jefferson Beck (USRA): Producer
Leann Johnson (GST): Project Support
Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Margaret Anderson (SkEye Studios): Editor
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Landsat/MSS/NDVI 1972
Landsat/ETM/NDVI 1999
QuickBird June 11, 2005
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version