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Scientists use satellites to count endangered birds from space

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Posted: 04 May 2017 05:32 AM PDT  see full article here at ScienceDaily

Albatrosses, one of the most iconic but also one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet, are difficult to study in part because they breed on some of the world’s remotest and most inaccessible islands. Scientists have now shown that the highest resolution satellite imagery is capable of ‘seeing’ these birds from space, allowing researchers to count their numbers on remote islands directly from satellite images without ever having to go there

Peter T. Fretwell, Paul Scofield, Richard A. Phillips. Using super-high resolution satellite imagery to census threatened albatrosses. Ibis, 2017; DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12482

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