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Citation. Siniff, D. B.; Kuechle, V. B. 1974. Remote sensing of antarctic biological resources: II. vertebrates. Pages 65-74 in P. Boc, editor. COSPAR Symposium: Approaches to Earth Survey Problems Through the use of Space Techniques. Konstanz, West Germany. [1512 CC]
Abstract. The application of remote sensing methodology to the assessment of Antarctic vertebrate populations is reviewed. The ERTS missions are discussed and their application to the assessment of Antarctic vertebrates considered. Multi-spectral scanners are discussed and considered useful for the evaluation of pack ice conditions and to establish relationships among vertebrate densities and environmental conditions. High resolution is required to identify individual seals and/or small groups of penguins, and it would appear that the return-beam-vidicon offers characteristics which may be useful in this respect. However, the prospect for obtaining such resolution in the near future are not considered good. The telemetering of information from remote platforms to satellites passing overhead would provide data on movement patterns and other biological parameters. Also remote sensors placed in pack ice regions could provide considerable information by using hydrophones in a passive listening context. Clearly, space technology could aid greatly in the evaluation of the Antarctic biological resources.
Keywords. Antarctica, remote sensing, vertebrate populations