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The penguin population tool — MAPPPD (Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics) — that the Lynch Lab @ Stony Brook University & the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have developed for Oceanites is now live.
Go to: http://www.penguinmap.com
Ron Naveen, from Oceanites, explains:
“MAPPPD keeps Oceanites and the Antarctic Site Inventory on the ‘front lines’ of Antarctic science. I feel immensely responsible because the Inventory is the only project effectively monitoring penguins and flying bird population changes across the entirety of the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula. But the key is that we’ve also taken on the challenge of sorting and distinguishing among the various, interactive effects of climate change, fishing, tourism, and other potential stressors in this sensitive ecosystem — and MAPPPD helps us stay on the cutting edge.
“MAPPPD allows Oceanites and our Antarctic Site Inventory collaborators, and other researchers, instant access to the latest, most current data needed to analyze potential and detected changes in Antarctica. MAPPPD necessarily will assist ecosystem management in this fragile region. And no question, because the MAPPPD tool is publicly and freely available, it will immediately assist a wide range of Antarctic stakeholders, from governments and the Antarctic research community to NGOs and the public at large. From this point forward, no one will be able say that we don’t know how Antarctic penguins are doing!”
Source: MAPPPD Home
Convened by Oceanites and hosted by One Ocean Expeditions onboard the MV AKADEMIK IOFFE expedition ship, February 28-March 9, 2016, the inaugural “Future Of Antarctica Forum” provided a unique opportunity for Antarctic stakeholder interests — governments, fishing, tourism, environmental, and scientific — to gather together and discuss moving forward, collaboratively, to secure Antarctica’s future as envisioned by the Antarctic Treaty, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, and the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
The participants reaffirmed the basic principles of these landmark international agreements that, for all humankind, Antarctica is to be used for peaceful and scientific purposes, maintaining the ecological relationships of its living marine resources.
Participants emphasized the global importance of climate change, identifying Antarctica’s central role in better understanding climate change impacts. The Forum noted that changes in Antarctica influence the rest of the world and changes in the rest of the world influence Antarctica.
Moving forward, focusing on the continued evolution of the Antarctic Treaty System in the 21st century, climate change, and ecosystem management, the participants tasked Oceanites — which, through its Antarctic Site Inventory project, has been monitoring the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula for 22 years — to pursue:
“Distinguishing the direct and interactive effects of climate change, fishing, tourism, and national operations on ecosystems in the Antarctic Peninsula region for improved environmental management”
Ron Naveen, president/founder of Oceanites and principal investigator of the Antarctic Site Inventory, stated:
“I am honored that my colleagues and I have been tasked to pursue this important work addressing the complex issues impinging on the Antarctic Peninsula ecosystem. Most importantly, I’m looking forward, in the collaborative spirit of the Antarctic Treaty system, to working closely with my “Future Of Antarctica Forum” partners and others as this effort advances. Our commitment is to providing Antarctic Treaty Parties the best possible scientific data and information to inform accurate, fact-based decision-making.”
Along with distinguished government representatives and experts from all key Antarctic constituencies (education, tourism, science, environment, fishing), and with the unflagging support of One Ocean Expeditions, Oceanites is thrilled that the 1st FUTURE OF ANTARCTICA conference will be sailing this Sunday, February 28, from Ushuaia, Argentina, onboard the AKADEMIK IOFFE (ONE OCEAN NAVIGATOR). We return to Ushuaia on March 9.
In addition to visiting and enjoying the glories of the Antarctic Peninsula, our esteemed group of participants will be examining Antarctic governance, science, and media/education, focusing particularly on:
Where the Antarctic Treaty system is now, what’s been achieved, what still needs to be accomplished, going forward and working together, to ensure that Antarctica is conserved as the Antarctic Treaty intended?
Stay tuned for Oceanites Feed blogs, Tweets, and Facebook posts about our FUTURE OF ANTARCTICA conference in the days ahead!
Exciting news, just in . . .
On December 5, THE PENGUIN COUNTERS will be screened at the Oceans & Climate Pavilion during the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate.
Check out the schedule:
Ron Naveen, subject of documentary “The Penguin Counters,” counts a rookery of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica. The film follows Naveen and his team’s research on penguin populations and their strategies for coping with climate change. The film by D.C. filmmakers Harriet and Peter Getzels is a highlight of the 23rd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. (Photo by One Ocean Expeditions). (Photo by One Ocean Expeditions/Photo by One Ocean Expeditions).
THE PENGUINS COUNTERS has just had its international premiere at the 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival . . .