Adelie Penguin Census

Adélie Penguin Census

Since the early 1980’s, kiwi scientists have taken to the air to survey breeding pairs of Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) in the Ross Sea Region.

Adélie penguins are an indicator species used to detect and monitor the effects of environmental change on Antarctic marine ecosystems. The Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) fund this survey on an annual basis, with logistics support provided by Antarctica New Zealand and census data processed at Barton K Solutions.

With over 35 years of mātauranga, the Adélie Penguin census is an important long-term data set for researchers studying the effects of environmental change. The Adélie Penguin census data is also valuable for:

  • Investigating the impacts of fishing and invasive species
  • Analysis of site-specific environmental relationships and species interactions
  • Providing a baseline for research and monitoring associated with the Ross Sea

Data are freely available, please get in touch here to see how we can work together to maximise this data set!

Adélie penguins