In Namibia, giraffes are monitored with high definition camera equipment on manned aircraft and also, more recently, these images are collected by drones. We are working on using automated methods to classify locations where animals were seen (against a variety of backgrounds) and further classify each animal into species (including Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra and Oryx). From here we will be extending the scope of the complex Region Spatial Smoother (CReSS) with automated model selection via Spatially Adaptive Local Smoothing Algorithm (SALSA) to work with very large areas (e.g. one million hectares). Check out our page on splines for more details.
SALSA - A Spatially Adaptive Local Smoothing Algorithm. Walker, Cameron; MacKenzie, Monique Lea; Donovan, Carl Robert; O'Sullivan, M. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Vol. 81, No. 2, 02.2011, p. 179-191.