10 episodes

How are forests becoming digital environments? The Smart Forests research project investigates the social-political impacts of digital technologies that monitor and govern forests. In this podcast series, we speak to scientists, artists, activists, and technologists about their work.

Find out more about the Smart Forests project at https://smartforests.net/ and explore the Smart Forests Atlas at https://atlas.smartforests.net/.

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How are forests becoming digital environments? The Smart Forests research project investigates the social-political impacts of digital technologies that monitor and govern forests. In this podcast series, we speak to scientists, artists, activists, and technologists about their work.

Find out more about the Smart Forests project at https://smartforests.net/ and explore the Smart Forests Atlas at https://atlas.smartforests.net/.

    Carlos Souza: Remote Sensing in the Amazon

    Carlos Souza: Remote Sensing in the Amazon

    In this episode, we speak to Dr Carlos Souza, a researcher at Imazon, the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment. Carlos discusses developing remote sensing tools to map and monitor but also predict deforestation and environmental change. He also reflects on collaborating with big tech companies, and asymmetry of access to information and digital technologies in the Amazon.

    Interviewers: Danilo Urzedo, Jennifer Gabrys, and Michelle Westerlaken

    Producer: Harry Murdoch
    Image source: PrevisIA, https://previsia.org/

    • 27 min
    Nadina Galle: Internet of Nature

    Nadina Galle: Internet of Nature

    In this episode, we talk to Dr Nadina Galle, ecological engineer and founder of the Internet of Nature concept and podcast. Nadina describes ways that technology can facilitate interactions between humans and nature in urban environments, from monitoring soil and tree health, to quantifying and incentivising public health impacts of spending time outside, to communicating about and across ecosystems.


    Interviewers: Michelle Westerlaken and Jennifer Gabrys


    Producer: Harry Murdoch
    Image source: Nadina Galle, https://www.nadinagalle.com/ion.

    • 29 min
    Marcello and Eduardo Guimarães: Reforestation Machines in Brazil

    Marcello and Eduardo Guimarães: Reforestation Machines in Brazil

    In this radio episode, we talk to Marcello and Eduardo Guimarães, founders of tree planting companies Mahogany Roraima and iPlantForest and designers of the Forest Bot, and Nicolas Guimarães, who is involved with developing the technologies of the machines. We discuss techniques for automating precision reforestation, relationships between private and socio-environmental projects, and using NFTs for financing and tracing reforestation.

    Interviewers: Danilo Urzedo and Jennifer Gabrys
    Producer: Pedro Augusto

    Language note: This interview takes place in Portuguese and English.
    Image source: Mahogany Roraima, https://mahoganyroraima.com.br/real-carbon-capture-machine/

    • 26 min
    Larissa Souza: Human-Wildlife Coexistence in Gorongosa, Mozambique

    Larissa Souza: Human-Wildlife Coexistence in Gorongosa, Mozambique

    In this episode, we speak to Larissa Souza, a member of the communications team at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. We discuss how monitoring technologies support conservation in the park, the dynamics of human-animal conflict and coexistence, and programmes working with local communities around sustainable agriculture, girls' education, and health.
    Interviewers: Danilo Urzedo and Trishant Simlai
    Producer: Harry Murdoch
    Image source: Gorongosa National Park, https://gorongosa.org/human-wildlife-coexistence/

    • 22 min
    Thomas Crowther: Global Tree Restoration Potential

    Thomas Crowther: Global Tree Restoration Potential

    In this radio episode, we speak to Professor Thomas Crowther, an ecologist who leads the Crowther Lab at ETH Zürich and initiated the Restor platform. We discuss the data behind calculating and evaluating global tree cover and restoration potential, building restoration networks through online platforms, and the risks of scaling between the local and the global using AI.


    Interviewers: Jennifer Gabrys and Michelle Westerlaken


    Producer: Harry Murdoch
    Image source: Restor, https://beta.restor.eco/map

    • 16 min
    Claudia Araújo: Community Seed Networks in Brazil

    Claudia Araújo: Community Seed Networks in Brazil

    In this radio episode, we speak to Claudia Araújo, a forest engineer who co-manages the Xingu Seed Network (Rede de Sementes do Xingu), a seed distribution network led primarily by women and Indigenous and traditional peoples. Claudia talks with us about community mobilisations against deforestation, muvuca direct seeding approaches and communication networks, and the political challenges of doing socio-environmental work in Brazil at this time.
    Interviewers: Danilo Urzedo and Michelle Westerlaken
    Producer: Pedro Augusto
    Language note: This interview takes place in Portuguese.

    Image source: Tui Anandi, https://atlasofthefuture.org/project/xingu-seed-network/

    • 33 min

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