Over the last 16 years, an army of emerald ash borers, an invasive insect species from Asia, has spread across Ontario, Quebec and, now, New Brunswick, killing tens of millions of ash trees. Scientists have declared war on this destructive insect, waging battle on several fronts to protect our ash trees.
A team of scientists at Natural Resources Canada collects data from radar satellite images and produces near-real-time maps for emergency responders during crises such as floods. In order to help validate and update said maps, these scientists developed a new prototype app that could turn smart phone-toting Canadian citizens into supplementary sensors.
Every year, thousands of Asian ships arrive at Canadian ports. Occasionally, some unintended cargo arrives in the form of Asian gypsy moth egg masses hiding on the ship’s hulls and in the nooks and crannies of shipping containers.
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