Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space


Now we all know that whales of big but big enough to be spotted from space well scientists say they developed a new technique for analyzing satellite images that allows him to spot the mass stranding of great whales from space they've been using high resolution satellites to analyze the largest recorded event which saw three hundred and forty wells wash up on the coast of Chile four years ago the study concluded that many more died in that incident the first thought of science correspondent Jonathan a most ripples from high above the earth it's not easy to see an individual object even one as large as a great while but the British in Chilean team believes the capability of Martin satellites now makes this a practical task they use some of the shop is satellite pictures available to reassess the mass stranding of say whales that took place over a large and very remote region of Patagonia in twenty fifteen the scientists identified many more dead whales in their space data from the plane and boat surveys did at the time the researchers say satellites could now become the basis of a new alert system especially if the detections can be automated getting to the scene of a stranding as soon as it happens makes it easier to determine a course and often that can be deteriorating ocean conditions that also affect fishing for example Dr Carlos Olivera one of the scientists involved in the study says the approach you should make a big difference so long Chiles extensive coastline which is regular strandings especially in Patagonia here we have a new technique that actually we can mark me toward the east bear a selected area in a relatively cheap way I'm we actually could not when this is happening because that we can actually do it remotely with ever more satellites being launched to conceive features as small as half a meter on the ground using space pictures to track living and dead animals is going to become an increasingly important part of

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