Image of the Day: Emperor Penguins’ Census from Space
Emperor penguins living in Antarctica are the first creatures to be counted from space. Since the penguins live in very remote areas, the satellite images are a successful way to count the populations. Research suggests that emperor penguin colonies will be dramatically effected by climate change, according to British Antarctic Survey biologist Phil Trathan. The images showed that the number of emperor penguins almost doubled since 1992. However, scientists are worried that in the early spring warming in some regions is leading to a loss of sea ice habitat for the penguins.The research garnered by the satellite space images was published in the journal PloS ONE.
Credit: British Antarctic Survey