Satellite makes right whale count
Scientists have demonstrated a new method for counting whales from space, using a very high-resolution satellite and image-processing software to automatically detect the great mammals at or near the ocean surface.
A test count conducted on southern right whales in the Golfo Nuevo on the coast of Argentina found about 90% of the creatures pinpointed in a manual search of the imagery.
Peter Fretwell from the British Antarctic Survey is behind the work, which he described to Lucie Green on Inside Science on BBC Radio 4.
12 Feb 2014
- From the section Science & Environment