Earth Search Sciences and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Announce Habitat Study Results From Remote Sensing Project.
McCALL, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2000
Earth Search Sciences, Inc., (OTCBB:EDIS) and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) today announced preliminary results from their mission to Africa which focuses on the plight of Rwanda's endangered mountain gorilla.
National Geographic EXPLORER chronicled the mission in its December documentary, Gorillas on the Edge. The program will be rebroadcast with an updated introduction featuring Earth Search Sciences. The show will air on the Sunday, March 19th edition of National Geographic EXPLORER at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on CNBC.
The National Geographic EXPLORER program, hosted by Boyd Matson, will highlight the applications of Earth Search's PROBE-1 remote sensing technology, how it works and why it is important to environmental analysis.
"The images we have analyzed so far reveal an unprecedented degree of detail of the vegetation in the gorillas' habitat," said Dr. Larry Lass, a University of Idaho scientist who completed preliminary processing of the imagery. "Preliminary interpretations of the imagery captured by the PROBE-1 hyperspectral imaging system indicate the relative abundance and distribution of the gorillas' principal foods in the Virungas."
Earth Search Sciences' PROBE-1 instrument and associated software systems deliver highly accurate images that enable scientists and other technical users to determine habitat conditions and to answer a host of other environmental questions.
"Of high importance among these is the question pertaining to the number of gorillas the habitat will support or its `carrying capacity,'" said Dr. Dieter Steklis, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International chief scientist and Rutgers University professor of anthropology.
"The detail and quality of information PROBE-1 collected has exceeded our expectations," said Larry Vance, founder and chairman of Earth Search Sciences and a member of the project team who worked in Rwanda. "Due to the cloudy weather, we literally had to hop-scotch around the park, picking up sunlight where we could and then create a mosaic of the gorilla habitat."
In August 1999, Earth Search Sciences and its PROBE-1 system collected a comprehensive, highly detailed "hyperspectral" image data set of the habitat of the mountain gorilla. The images promise to reveal crucial data from the entire Virungas Mountain Range, including Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.
The Rwandan government and the scientists are particularly eager to assess the degree of human encroachment on this world-renowned conservation area. Final image analyses await further field data now being collected in Rwanda by Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International scientists and staff.
"Earth Search Sciences PROBE-1 hyperspectral remote sensing system is, without a doubt, a tremendous advantage to us," said Clare Richardson, president and CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. "The precision mapping data collected for us by ESSI's PROBE-1 give our scientists an unprecedented opportunity to see, first hand, a more comprehensive picture of the habitat conditions affecting the endangered mountain gorillas. This information will allow us to make informed conservation and management recommendations to the Rwandan government, an integral partner in this mission."
The project is the first phase of a Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International multi-year collaboration. Collaborators include Earth Search Sciences, Inc., The University of Idaho, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Technology Research Institute, Clarke Atlanta University, the National University of Rwanda, and Zoo Atlanta. Initial funding has been provided by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Earth Search Sciences, Inc., Georgia Research Alliance, the Turner Foundation, the Daniel K. Thorne Foundation and the National Geographic Society.
For more information about the project, please contact the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International at 800/851-0203 or visit the foundation's website at www.gorillafund.org.
National Geographic Television's site on the World Wide Web is found at www.nationalgeographic.com.
Earth Search Sciences, Inc., is a leading provider of commercial remote sensing services. The company's PROBE-1 hyperspectral remote sensing instruments are mounted in the fuselage of light aircraft and provide quantifiable information to customers by measuring the "signature" light reflections of almost everything on the earth's surface. The company delivers proprietary data to clients engaged in mineral and hydrocarbon exploration, environmental assessment and other activities that require highly accurate information from images.
By employing software to analyze images captured by its proprietary PROBE-1 systems, Earth Search Sciences enhances its customers' decision-making capabilities. The system enables precise mapping of large tracts of land quickly and economically. Earth Search Sciences information is available at www.earthsearch.com and at the company's public relations firm, Scott Peyron & Associates, Inc., at www.peyron.com.
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|Date:||Mar 16, 2000|
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