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Land Cover Mapping Species Classification


Citizen scientists make tremendous contributions to biodiversity research by taking and identifying photos of plants and animals. But the identification process remains dependent on human experts, creating a bottleneck in the scientific pipeline.


Using the Microsoft AI platform, specifically Deep Learning Virtual Machine, we trained a deep neural network to identify plant and animal species in images.


One or more images, each containing a plant or animal, are uploaded to the API. Over 5000 species are supported.


The API returns a list of candidate species, including both scientific and common names, along with a confidence value for each species on the list. A bounding box for each species is optionally included.

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