Remote characterization of marine bird habitats with satellite imagery

Colonial Waterbirds



Remote sensing techniques such as radar altimetry, synthetic aperture radar, coastal zone color scanning, and infrared radiometry provide effective, instantaneous, and relatively inexpensive means for characterizing critical habitats of marine birds. In order to make optimal use of satellite-derived data, the rationale for marine habitat classification is presented, and advantages and limitations of different remote sensing techniques are discussed. An application of remote characterization is used to test for short-term habitat use and selection by the Black-Capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata). By comparing synoptic satellite mapping (e.g. infrared radiometry) with ship-board censusing, it was possible to demonstrate that petrels did not use all marine habitats equally, nor did petrels use habitats in proportion to their availability (areal extent).

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Remote characterization of marine bird habitats with satellite imagery
Series title Colonial Waterbirds
DOI 10.2307/1521314
Volume 12
Issue 1
Year Published 1989
Language English
Publisher The Waterbird Society
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 11 p.
First page 67
Last page 77
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