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Satellites Over Seals (SOS)

Main Project Information
Presented By, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Goal Determine population numbers for Weddell Seals in Antarctica
Task Participants tag satellite images for Weddell seals
Where Online only Satellites Over Seals (SOS)

Scientists are asking the public’s help in searching satellite images of Antarctica. This is the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. Documenting how the seals’ population numbers change over time will help researchers better understand how climate change and commercial fishing in the Antarctic impact these iconic species.

Project Timing Project will close by the end of June 2018.
Special Skills use of computer and mouse
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
Training Materials
Tags antarctica, antarctic seals, count the seals, polar seals, satellite images, species count, weddell seals
Project Updated 01/30/2018