Thursday, 19 July 2018

A great new approach to preserving local environments

Using the Curio web and mobile apps
I've been lucky enough to work on the development of the Curio software service, which focuses on bringing together public communities and professional environmental operators (managers, planners etc) to provide better, more effective management of local ecosystems and green infrastructure.

There are two core aspects to Curio. On the one hand, it provides the public with access to detailed information on local environmental features, in order that they can better understand the role and nature of local ecosystem services and biodiversity. It also enables them to contribute toward the preservation of local areas through simple monitoring and habitat mapping tasks.

On the other hand, Curio provides key services to environmental professionals in areas such as:
- Collection, hosting and analysis of urban tree inventory and environmental data
- Automated tree canopy cover and green infrastructure identification from aerial imagery
- Managed community outreach services to simplify and improve communications and engagement with the public

Curio is a flexible service that has been adapted to a range of different use cases and workflows by those who use it and is currently being employed by a range of different organisations
- city authorities, property and landscape management companies in managing their tree and plant inventory
- NGOs and community groups in the delivery of environmental projects and tree planting events
- universities and schools to manage their campus green infrastructure as well as turning their campuses into interactive classrooms for students in arboriculture, zoology, ecology etc.

It is also being used by individuals in communities around the world who have a passion for caring for their local area and sustaining its biodiversity.

Curio was developed under the European Space Agency's Integrated Application Programme. It is freely available for public use and super-easy to start using. Learn more about Curio on our website at


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