Start date:
January 2015
End date:
February 2016
Taylor Valley, ASPA 131 Canada Glacier, Taylor Valley Visitor Zone, ASPA 154 Botany Bay
Principle Investigator:
Dr Barbara Breen
Auckland University of Technology
Conservation outcomes in the Ross Sea region are limited by resources for monitoring past and cumulative effects on human impacts on vulnerable ecosystems and a lack of understanding of the relationships between visitor values and the environment. This research will provide high resolution spatial maps obtained from unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and GIS analysis software developed specifically for use in harsh Antarctic environments. We will interface these data with social netword analyses to understand human interactions with Antarctic sites, thus providing solution-focused outcomes to conserve Antarctic landforsm at risk from climate change.