Microsoft AI for Earth

Helping Scientists Protect Beluga Whales with Deep Learning

Ming Zhong
Mar 10, 2020 · 5 min read

This post is written by Ming Zhong from Microsoft AI for Good Research Lab, collaborating with Dan Morris from Microsoft AI for Earth, and Manuel Castellote from Alaska Fisheries Science Center at NOAA.


In the U.S., there are five populations of beluga whales, all in Alaska. Of those five, the Cook Inlet population is the smallest and has declined by about seventy-five percent since 1979. Subsistence hunting contributed to…