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Engaging 'the crowd' in remote sensing to learn about habitat affinity of the Weddell seal in Antarctica
Year: 2019
Type: Publication
Description:

In an effort to address the issues of remote access and efficiency in assessing populations of remote wildlife, this paper describe a methodological innovation that combines VHR imagery, the power of citizen science (i.e. crowdsourcing) and wildlife ecology, to determine potential presence and true absence of the iconic Weddell seal across the entirety of fast ice around Antarctica. Named, “Satellites Over Seals” (SOS), our objectives were: 1) conduct a ‘search area reduction’ which makes the effort of enumerating seals even more efficient; 2) develop a novel citizen science method for efficient review of large swaths of Antarctic fast ice; 3) determine the accuracy of ‘the crowd to detect seal presence and absence; and) provide recommendations for adapting the method to other remote systems and wildlife populations.

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Authors:
Michelle A. LaRue
David G. Ainley
Jean Pennycook
Kostas Stamatiou
Leo Salas
Nadav Nur
Sharon Stammerjohn
Luke Barrington
Credit: LaRue, M.A., Ainley, D.G., Pennycook, J., Stamatiou, K., Salas, L., Nur, N., Stammerjohn, S., and Barrington, L. (2019). Engaging 'the crowd' in remote sensing to learn about habitat affinity of the Weddell seal in Antarctica. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conversation.
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