Penguins from Space: New Technology can aid in the Prevention of Extinction | Geography 400 at ric |

High-resolution imaging has allowed scientists to produce the first full count of Antarctica's emperor penguins...


Before this, there was no way to to gather reliable penguin statistics.  Geospatial technologies are now providing us the tools to teach us more about the biogeography of penguins.  The applications of geospatial technologies are endless.


Modern technology is helping scientists have a better understanding of certain animals and how they adapt to climate. Scientists are using VHR satellite images to study emperor penguins in Antarctica. This technique allows for a more accurate population count and scientists can monitor population patterns.  With this less expensive and more efficient technique, scientists are able to have a better understanding of the species and changes that may affect the animal.  The VHR satellite technique is helping biologists and ecologists study other animals as well, such as, the seal population.  These studies help reveal how variations in climate may affect a given animal.  This technique will help scientists monitor population patterns.  If scientists see populations decline, they can then look into solutions to prevent extinction.  Elizabeth Allen


Via Seth Dixon