Adélie penguin census data

Aerial reconnaissance and photography are used in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica to determine the breeding locations of Adélie penguins and to count the numbers of nests occupied during the early incubation period. From 1981 to present, all islands and sea coasts between 158°E and 175°E have been searched, and 11 previously unreported breeding colonies discovered.

The aim is to census Adélie (Pygoscelis adeliae) populations to provide basic data against which future population levels can be compared in order to monitor environmental change of the Antarctic Ocean ecosystem, both natural and man-induced.

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Maintainer Lyver, Philip
Last Updated July 6, 2017, 11:50 (Pacific/Auckland)
Created September 3, 2015, 13:01 (Pacific/Auckland)
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Publisher Landcare Research NZ Ltd