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OK . . . great to see gentoo penguins getting some HUGE attention in this new movie, especially since their population increase in the Antarctic Peninsula (vis-à-vis the decline of both Adélie and chinstrap penguins) is a key factor in understanding better (and more precisely) how and why changes are occurring in the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula ecosystem.
But I digress . . .
If your heart pumps wildly for penguins, the Poppers Movie Channel provides a lot of fun moments.
The 3rd edition of the Antarctic Site Compendium by Antarctic Site Inventory co-principal investigators Ron Naveen and Dr. Heather Lynch has been completed and, shortly, will be available for download via the Oceanites website: http://www.oceanites.org. As well, arrangements are being finalized for softcover versions of the new Compendium to be available for online, “on demand” purchase, with details are expected to be announced within the next 7-10 days.
This revision updates the 2nd edition of the Compendium of Antarctic Peninsula Visitor Sites to cover the 142 sites that have been visited and censused by Antarctic Site Inventory (ASI) researchers in 17 field seasons from November 1994 through February 2011 — an increase in coverage by 60 sites. These 142 locations include sites that are regularly visited by tourists or other visitors, sites with historic census data, national research stations, sites within Antarctic Specially Managed Areas (ASMAs), and a few Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) that are off-limits to tourists that ASI researchers have visited pursuant to appropriate permits under the U.S. Antarctic Conservation Act.
This new edition revises Antarctic Peninsula regional maps, updates site-specific species presence/absence information, and summarizes recent ASI census data for each site (with brief comments, as appropriate, whether populations are increasing or decreasing). Previous site descriptions have been updated and, as well, this 3rd edition incorporates all site-specific visitation guidelines in the Antarctic Peninsula adopted by Antarctic Treaty countries through the 2010 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. Appropriate notice appears in descriptions of “off limits” sites to help ensure that ASPA and ASMA boundaries are not encroached, and that advance notice needs to be provided to stations before visiting.
Critically, data from all of these sites assist ASI analyses presently underway to assess the drivers of change in the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula ecosystem, where it is warming faster — or as fast — as any other location on Earth. Because of the comprehensive spatial and temporal nature of ongoing ASI analyses, as well as recognizing that the Compendium assists everyone who’s connected with or interested in the Antarctic Treaty system — from scientists and diplomats to tourism operators, their expedition staff, and environmentalists, this 3rd edition has been retitled the Antarctic Site Compendium.
Analyses of data from the recently completed field season are proceeding, and the Antarctic Site Inventory (ASI) continues to be the only project monitoring penguin population changes in the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula. During the 2010-11 field season, the Inventory continued censusing penguin breeding sites in the Peninsula and, as well, completed the most extensive penguin censuses ever at the South Sandwich Islands, at the far eastern end of the Scotia Arc. The ASI continues to document rapid change in the relative populations of gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins in the western Antarctic Peninsula. Gentoo penguin populations are increasing rapidly and expanding their range southward, while the other two species are declining significantly.
In 17 seasons from November 1994 through February 2011, the ASI now has made 1,156 site visits and collected data at 142 Antarctic Peninsula locations. During the recently concluded 2010-11 field season, the ASI made 121 visits and collected data at 71 sites; 20 of these sites were visited multiple times, 51 were visited only once. There have been repetitive visits to all of the visitor sites that are most heavily visited by expedition tourists, to all sites which exhibit the most species diversity and are most prone to potential environmental disturbance, and to the species-diverse, environmentally sensitive sites now subject to site visitation guidelines adopted at recent Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCMs). In regard to this year’s ATCM (June 20 – July 1, 2011, in Buenos Aires) the US government has submitted an Information Paper informing delegates of the ASI’s progress-to-date.