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John Elling Deehr Johannessen

Master student UiT The Arctic University of NorwayArctic and Marine Biology
Work address Department of Arctic and Marine Biology Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics UiT The Arctic University of Norway Tromsø 9037 Norway
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Master project title:

Counting marine mammals and seabirds in the Scotia sea: abundance, density and variability through time and space.

Master project summary:

Antarctic ecosystems are under pressure from increasing interests in marine resources, as well as a changing climate. Being a remote and spectacular area, organized tourist industry has taken a foothold in important areas, constituting valuable infrastructure for scientific research. In addition to the economic advantage of not using a dedicated research vessel, these platforms of opportunity also provide the collection of fine- (within season) and coarse- (between season) resolutions. In November 2019 to January 2020, two teams of Marine Mammal and Seabird Observers (MMSOs) were each stationed on one of two ships on the Hurtigruta fleet; MS Midnatsol and MS Fram both covering the Drake Passage and Antarctic Peninsula, the latter also covering the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the central Scotia Sea basin. The goal of this project is to estimate abundance, density and variability of marine mammals through time and space in the Scotia Sea during an austral summer.

Start date: Dec 9, 2019
Planned submission date: Nov 15, 2020


Ulf Lindstrøm (IMR, Tromsø, Norway)
Martin Biuw (IMR, Tromsø, Norway)
Andrew Lowther (NPI, Tromsø, Norway)