Automating seabird counts from standardised photos contributed by volunteers
IoZ - Institute of Zoology
Host Country Institutions:
British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
The aims of the project are to:
•Collect oblique photos of penguin colonies and ground-truth with counts.
•Develop the visual recognition algorithm and calibrate an automated penguin count system against manual counts.
•Analyse tour operator, Falkland Islands and South Georgia records of cruise ship landings to determine sites visited regularly throughout the breeding season that would be candidates for inclusion in a monitoring network.
•Generate cruise ship support for a pilot study and subsequent monitoring programme.
•Identify four key sites to place tripods or suitable trig/GPS points for the 2010-11 visitor season on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia or the Antarctic peninsula.
•Design a monitoring programme for the Scotia Arc and peninsula using a network of fixed camera mounts at suitable tourist landing sites.
Related Projects: An autonomous seabird monitoring network for the southern ocean