‘Big data’ enables first census of desert shrub

Source: ScienceDaily

Researchers leveraged computer algorithms and high-resolution survey data to conduct the first-ever creosote census – counting every creosote in a 135-square-mile conservation site in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. The researchers discovered important new information about the plant species, but they also demonstrate how data techniques can improve on conventional methods for studying plant communities.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201207150445.htm