Satellite Counts Emperor Penguins
Experts are putting in their best efforts to efficiently monitor the health of the emperor population of penguins. In order to get their purpose best served, scientists from the UK, the US and Australia initiated their trace with the help of satellite technology and looked below what the technology has finally found.
The researchers learnt from the findings of the analysis that the population of emperor penguins that inhabits in Antarctica is more than double the figures that had been thought by the researchers earlier.
The census technique helped the researchers first locate all the individual colonies in the region by tracking the big brown patches of guano (penguin poo) on the white ice. With the help of high resolution imagery feature of the technique, researchers then count the number of iconic birds finding them to be existing in a group of almost 600,000.
The expectations of the researchers are higher that the satellite mapping approach will help them serve their main purpose of monitoring long-term health of existing emperor population.
With concerns that temperature is raising higher and soon after some decades Antarctica could face erosion of se ice due to warming (the animal’s nest and their only place to launch their forays for seafood), experts have initiated the procedure.
Clearing facts regarding this new approach, Mr. Peter Fretwell from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said that "if we want to understand whether emperor penguins are endangered by climate change, we have to know first how many birds there are currently and have a methodology to monitor them year on year”.
The researchers have already started in with their efforts to see what changes are occurring over the population of the emperors with passing time and change in season. The researchers hope no bad news for emperor penguins.
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