The British Antarctic Survey regularly undertakes counts of the continent’s penguin population.
As penguins are Antarctica’s top predators, their numbers can be used to identify changes occurring in this dynamic ecosystem. The continent; however, is too big and too remote for scientists to go out into the field and count each penguin. Researchers instead use satellite and aerial platforms to take pictures from which they can remotely count the population. In this workshop, young people will learn about the techniques used to identify and count penguin colonies before producing a web map of their findings to share with their classes.
This event is run by the Centre for GIS and Geomatics at QUB.