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Canadian Forest Service using Google to identify tree species

Ellen Cools

January 8, 2019
By Ellen Cools


Jan. 8, 2019 – To identify tree species in cities and towns across Canada, the Canadian Forest Service is using Google Street View.

According to The Windsor Star, by identifying the species mix, as well as the age of these urban trees, the service can tell cities the cost if a new invasive insect targets their trees.

Using Google Street View, the service identifies trees within 10 metres of each street, and then categorizes them. They are around 70 per cent accurate identifying species and 90 per cent accurate identifying genus. While there are limitations to the method, there is also the potential to advance upon this with artificial intelligence to automatically identify species.

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