Augmented Gorillas

CGIS and Georgia Tech researchers have partnered with the Center for GIS at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) to map mountain gorilla movements in Volcanoes National Park. Researchers have employed an automatic capture technique using GIS equipment, tracking latitude, longitude, date, and time to create an aggregated annual dataset of gorilla movements in the mountains of Rwanda.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) research group tracks mountain gorillas daily. In 2012, the Center for GIS converted twelve years of daily GPS readings into one consolidated spatial database with over 50,000 unique mountain gorilla observations and their associated descriptors for 1999 - 2011. The IMAGINE Lab has been working with center to produce visualizations of the data across several platforms to aid in understanding.