Monitoring albatrosses using very high resolution satellites and citizen science


South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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Ref: DPLUS132

Status: Current

Round:
9
Funding Scheme:
Darwin Plus
Lead Organisation:
Project Partners:
RSPB
Start Date:
01-12-21
End Date:
30-11-22
Funding:
£87,246.00
Regions:
UKOT
Countries:
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Project Summary:
Monitoring the world’s threatened albatross species is challenging because of their remote nesting locations, making ground or aerial surveys expensive, infrequent and often incomplete. In this project, we will launch a citizen science campaign, using 31-cm resolution satellite imagery to count wandering albatrosses on South Georgia and Tristan albatrosses on Gough Island directly from space. Counts will be used to develop an automated, standardised and efficient monitoring protocol for future satellite surveys, greatly improving our understanding of archipelago-wide population dynamics.


Documents:
Title: DPLUS132 App - edited
Download: Application Form [pdf] 2021-06-21 00:00:00